PhD Candidate


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Katharine Petrich is a Visiting Researcher in the National Security Affairs department at Naval Postgraduate School and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science, specializing in International Relations. Her research is primarily focused on insurgency, terrorism, and transnational crime in Northern Latin America, the Horn of Africa, and South Asia.

Kate’s research is primarily concerned with international security issues, particularly those concerning disruptive non-state organizations (terrorists and transnational organized criminals) and asymmetric conflicts. She is interested in the developing regions of South Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Current projects include an exploration of the tactical and strategic shifts of insurgent forces, written with the USMA Modern War Institute, and dissertation research on the criminal diversification of transnational terrorist organizations.

Kate splits her time between teaching Introduction to International Relations and working for the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State. She spent summer 2017 interning with the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

Previously, Kate worked with the Hudson Institute as a Graduate Research Intern, researching corruption issues and special operations counterterrorism deployments. In San Diego, she worked with the Trans-Border Institute as a researcher, documenting, recording, and coding homicide victims of cartel related violence. She contributed extensively to the Justice in Mexico News Monitor project, writing articles about narco-violence based on Spanish-language Mexican news. Her work can be found here. In addition, Kate wrote commentary on political and security topics for the Toronto-based Freedom Observatory.