Dr. Kathleen Montgomery is the Acting Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. The Patterson School is an 18 month professional Masters program offering students concentrations in diplomacy, security/intelligence, development and international commerce. An economist my training, her primary research and teaching fields are in international trade and development. An economist by training, Dr. Montgomery spent more than a decade leading USAID-funded trade projects as Chief of Party before coming to the Patterson School. These assignments include the East Africa Trade Hub in Nairobi, the Trade Facilitation Project in the West Bank, and the Southern Africa Trade Hub in Botswana. She also worked in other capacities in development and commerce-related projects in Islamabad, Amman, and Kabul. Currently, Dr. Montgomery is the lead investigator on the BBA/MBA Partnership with the University of Nangarhar in Jalalabad, Afghanistan as part of the USAID funded University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) project implemented by FHI360. Montgomery received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. (Agricultural Economics) and Ph.D. (Economics) from the Pennsylvania State University.