Kathleen is currently a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. Her specializations are in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She also plans to pursue a PhD minor in Russian and East European Studies. Kathleen earned her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Russian Language & Literature at the University of Virginia in 2015. After graduation, she worked in Washington, DC, holding internships at several think tanks. In 2018, she earned her Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her M.A. thesis examined the evolution of elite mobility and political patronage in the North Caucasian republics across the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. She has also published an article on this topic in Russian Analytical Digest. Kathleen plans to continue her research on regional politics in the post-Soviet space during her PhD program. She plans to focus on the frozen conflicts in the South Caucasus, examining relations between regional actors and the neighboring and great powers.
Graduate Student, Political Science