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Current SIS PhD Students

Katherine Collin

Previous Education

UC Berkeley, BA History, Peace & Conflict Studies 1998

Monterey Institute of International Studies, MA International Policy Studies, 2003

Why I chose SIS

I wanted a PhD program with an international focus, multi-disciplinary approach, and support for the importance of policy-relevance in addition to theoretical rigor. Washington DC was where I wanted to study because the environment provides a variety of resources that contribute to my education and my continued professional practice. I also wanted to be in a small cohort of students and to receive enough funding to focus sufficiently on my academic work. American University was my top choice, in particular due to the presence of several scholars at SIS who I believe exemplify these criteria and who share my research interests. SIS was the right choice for me, and my experience with the school continues to improve as I have advanced my studies.

Research Interests

Conflict transitions, elections, referendums and direct democracy, democratization, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, United Nations


Curriculum Vitae

My Dissertation


Peacemaking Referendums


Charles T. Call (chair)
Boaz Atzili
Terrence Lyons (George Mason University, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution)

Selected Publications

  • "UNDP ELECT Independent Mid-term Evaluation," Report to United Nations Development Programme Afghanistan Office, October 2009
  • "The Unclear Future of Afghanistan's Electoral Commission," Democracy at Large, 3, 1, January/February 2007
  • "Refugee Integration and Service Access," Report to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in Romania, 2003

Selected Presentations

  • American University Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM), Election Management Institute: Presenter on Election Observation Methods   2010, 2011, 2012
  • International Studies Association, April 2013, "Peacemaking Referendums"
  • American Political Studies Association/Electoral Integrity Project, August 2013, "Peacemaking Referendums: Building Consensus for State Transformation" (forthcoming)