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Katharine Petrich

PhD, Political Science, Santa Clara University

I am currently a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Policy Research at the University of Albany and an adjunct lecturer at Santa Clara University. I received my PhD from Northeastern University in 2019, a MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego in 2013, and my BA in 2010. My work examines terrorism and transnational organized crime, and other projects include work on insurgency and special operations forces, with regional expertise in Latin America and the Horn of Africa.


  • 2019–present
    Adjunct professor, Santa Clara University
  • 2019–present
    Research scientist, Center for Policy Research


  • 2019 
    Northeastern University, PhD
  • 2013 
    University of San Diego, MA International Relations


  • 2019
    Worth Many Sins: Al-Shabaab's Shifting Relationship with Kenyan Women, Small Wars & Insurgencies
  • 2019
    Cows, Charcoal, and Cocaine: Al-Shabaab's Criminal Activities in the Horn of Africa, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
  • 2018
    Al-Shabaab's Mata Hari Network, War on the Rocks

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association