Katie is originally from California, where she completed her BA in International Relations and Anthropology/Sociology at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She later came to Queen’s University Belfast where she earned her MA with Distinction in Violence, Terrorism and Security. What started in her MA, as a look at counter-terrorism policies use of emancipation discourse to help explain for the rise of female suicide bombers, has since evolved into a PhD examining how emancipation functions in counter-terrorism politics. To do this she takes a feminist perspective in Critical Security Studies to expand on the literature of emancipation and security.
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