Kathleen Hurt


The Maxwell School at Syracuse University
Class of 2017


Kathleen Hurt began her graduate studies in international relations and public administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in the summer of 2015. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in management with the federal government.

After spending time volunteering in Germany and Romania as well as at home in New Jersey, Kathleen was inspired to combine her interest in global engagement with her dedication to public service by studying international relations. Kathleen graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 2015 with a B.A. in German Studies and a certificate in International Relations. She wrote her Bachelor’s thesis about Habsburg Crown Prince Rudolf and his treatment of diversity in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, studying the development of patriotism in large, multiethnic states.

She was a teaching assistant for the Amherst College German Department and has also studied German at the Goethe Institute in Hamburg. During her undergraduate career, she interned in the management office of the US Embassy in Vienna where she was involved with handling the logistics of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran to reach an agreement on their nuclear program. She speaks German and French and is an avid skier and runner.