Alumni (National Fellow)

Kathryn Gardner

National Fellow
M.A. University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame (2009)
Dream Mentor:
John Esposito
Georgetown University
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Foreign Policy
International Relations


Kathryn Gardner holds a Ph.D. in political science and an M.A. international relations from the University of Notre Dame. She earned her B.A. in political science and international studies from Miami University. Gardner’s research interests include international relations, comparative politics, institutionalization of Islam in Europe, and religion-state relations.

Thesis Description:

Politicizing Religion: A Comparative Look at the Origins and Development of Muslim Incorporation Policies in France, Great Britain, and the United States, 1945-2008
Gardner’s dissertation addresses Western governmental policies toward Muslim minorities using controlled cross-case and within-case methods. She seeks to identify, analyze, and explain the origins and evolution of national Muslim incorporation policies and how and why they differ across three country cases: France, Great Britain, and the United States. Moreover, Gardner’s dissertation focuses on how transnational events affected Western governments’ perception of religion, specifically Islam, rendering it a central policy problem, and thereby explaining the timing of the policy shift and its construction as a “religious problem.

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