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PhD Candidate and Lecturer in International Relations, University of Oxford

Kate Guy (née Offerdahl) is a DPhil student in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she studies the intersection of climate change, national security, and global governance. In addition to her studies, Kate also works as a research assistant to the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government (Dr. Ngaire Woods), a manager of the Oxford School of Climate Change, and a Research Fellow with the Center for Climate and Security in Washington, D.C.

She most recently worked in American politics as the Senior Policy Program Manager with the Truman National Security Project, and as assistant to the Campaign Manager of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential race. From 2012-2015, Kate worked on the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement in various roles at the US State Department, United Nations, and international NGOs. She previously interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality where she focused on federal sustainability policy.

Kate earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University, specializing in international affairs and global environmental policy. She was raised in Minnesota, and currently lives in the UK.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience:

My doctoral work focuses on understanding the impacts that climate change shocks will have on the international system. This includes a developing wide-ranging expertise in various scenarios of regional climate change risks, the security-climate nexus, and the politics of climate mitigation and adaptation, in addition to understanding international cooperation and rivalry. My research attempts to forecast the response of major power states to differentiated scenarios of warming and climate impacts.

I care deeply about teaching the next generation of students to be well-rounded, diverse, and passionate leaders. I have experience teaching international affairs, politics, and climate change policy in a variety of formats, and mentoring students from under-privileged backgrounds. Currently, I am a non-stipendiary lecturer in International Relations at University College, Oxford, and I have also taught tutorials in U.S. Government and Politics across the University.


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    Lecturer in International Relations, University of Oxford