History professor earns White House Fellowship

by Dennis Brown

The White House announced this week 12 recipients of White House Fellowships for 2001-02, including Mary E. Sarotte, assistant visiting professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.p. White House fellows are selected for their professional achievements, leadership ability, and proven commitment to public service, as well as their possession of the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute meaningfully at the highest levels of government.p. During their year of service, the fellows work as full-time, paid special assistants to Cabinet members and senior White House staff. Their responsibilities include drafting and reviewing legislation, researching public policy initiatives, responding to Congressional inquiries, and conducting policy briefings.p. Two Notre Dame faculty members, Jimmy Gurule, professor of law, and Gilberto Cardenas, director of the Institute for Latino Studies, served on the commission that selected this year’s White House Fellows.p. Sarotte specializes in the history of the Cold War and is the author of the recently published book “Dealing with the Devil: East Germany, Detente, and Ostpolitik, 1969-1973.” She is completing a second monograph due for publication later this year titled “German Military Reform and European Security.”p. A graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in history and science, Sarotte earned two master’s degrees and her doctorate in history from Yale University. Before earning her doctoral degree, she worked as a journalist at The Economist, Time magazine, and Die Zeit. She conducted research at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London just prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty last year. The nonpartisan White House Fellowship program was established by President Johnson in 1964 to provide gifted and highly motivated Americans who are early in their chosen careers with first-hand experience in governing the nation and a sense of personal involvement in leadership.p. Among the 500-plus alumni of the program are Secretary of State Colin Powell, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, CNN chief executive officer Tom Johnson, and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot.

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