Kathryn Alexander

Student

Specialties: 
Comparative Politics, International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

Kathryn (Kat) Alexander is a Ph.D. Candidate with a first field in Security, Peace and Conflict and a second field in Religion and Politics. Her dissertation takes a multi-methods approach to examining how levels of religious commitment within countries’ populations impact foreign policymaking processes and contribute to international conflict. Her research primarily focuses on religion in international relations, connections between domestic and international politics, American foreign policy, and Turkish politics. Her teaching interests more broadly include theories of international relations and comparative politics, the regional politics of the Middle East, and the role of ideology in political behavior and identities. During AY 2017-18, she will be a graduate scholar with Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Prior to matriculating at Duke, Kat was a Fulbright ETA lecturer at Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey. From 2013-2016, she served as the graduate fellow for the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, and she was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow for Turkish at Duke from 2013-14. She spent the summer of 2016 as a Visiting Researcher at Koç University in Istanbul, conducting field interviews for her dissertation research.  She holds an M.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a B.A. in Government (summa cum laude) from Sweet Briar College.