DUCIGS Welcomes 2018-19 Diplomat in Residence

December 4, 2018

The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies welcomes Kathryn Crockart as the 2018-2019 Diplomat in Residence.

Kathryn Crockart is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently serving as the Diplomat in Residence for the mid-Atlantic region (North Carolina, South Carolina, and most of Virginia). In this role, she helps open access to career opportunities with the US  Department of State for a diverse cross-section of Americans interested in serving and representing our country. 

Mrs. Crockart returned to the United States in August 2018 from her most recent overseas assignment at the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2017-2018), where she served as the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs. She led all American public diplomacy efforts in Pakistan through robust outreach and media engagement conducted by the Embassy and our three Consulates. While in Islamabad, Mrs. Crockart also chaired the board at the US Educational Foundation in Pakistan, which administers large-scale exchange programs, including the largest US government-funded Fulbright scholarship program in the world.  

Mrs. Crockart is a Public Diplomacy-coned Foreign Service Officer. Her other assignments include the US Embassy in London (2014-2017), where she was the Spokesperson and Director of the Press Office. She served as Principal Officer at the US Consulate in Medan, Indonesia (2011-2014), leading all American diplomatic efforts on the island of Sumatra. She has also served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Belize City, Belize; and both Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. The State Department has recognized Mrs. Crockart with its individual Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards four times each. Prior to joining the State Department in 1999, she worked at The (Durham) Herald-Sun in her home state of North Carolina. 

Mrs. Crockart received her BA with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She speaks German, Indonesian, and Malay, and has studied French.  

Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers who are located throughout the United States and are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about careers in the US Department of State. Each year, only 16 Foreign Service Officers, covering 16 geographic regions within the US, have the pleasure and honor to serve in domestic assignments as Diplomats in Residence. They promote careers and fellowship opportunities to prospective individuals throughout their region in order to create a pipeline of diverse competitive applicants for the Department of State. They also represent the Department of State at programs and events sponsored by foreign affairs groups, academic institutions, and professional organizations.

Since the mid-1990s, Duke University has had the privilege of hosting the Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region, widely known as one of the most active regions in our nation thanks to its wealth of great colleges and universities that share the US Department of State’s global perspective.