Kroc Institute | July 11, 2018
Catherine Bolten, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies, has been appointed director of doctoral studies (DDS) at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, effective July 1, 2018.
She follows Jason A. Springs, Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics and Peace Studies, who has served as DDS since July 2016.
Since 2008, the Kroc Institute has offered a Ph.D. in peace studies in partnership with six Notre Dame departments. Doctoral students can choose a dual degree with peace studies and history, political science, psychology, sociology, theology and anthropology. Thirty-four students are currently enrolled in the program.
“It’s fortuitous for me to be stepping into this role at this moment because all of the previous directors have done a fantastic job of getting the program going,” says Bolten. “The Ph.D. program is in a great place and offers many opportunities for me to build on a very strong foundation.”
Areas that Bolten hopes to strengthen include streamlining the degree completion process and support for all Ph.D. students and enhancing relationships with Notre Dame departments who partner with the Kroc Institute in the dual degree program. The Ph.D. program has seen consistently excellent results, with five recent graduates achieving excellent job placements, including three tenure track appointments, for the 2018-19 academic year.
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