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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Katherine Mann is a PhD candidate and a Cambridge Trust Scholar at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). Her research examines the impact of armed group ideology and socialization on the perpetration of conflict-related sexual violence. Katherine is also a Managing Editor at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA) and a Fellow at the Conference of Defense Associations Institute. Her forthcoming book, co-authored with Saskia Brechenmacher and published with Oxford University Press, examines international democracy support to advance gender equality in politics. She currently supervises undergraduate courses related to peace and conflict, as well as politics and gender.

Previously, Katherine worked as a policy researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with a focus on issues related to democracy, conflict, and governance. She has also worked with non-profit organizations to reduce group-targeted violence and promote social activism, as well as served in various research and editorial positions. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a dual-BA in Political Science and International Affairs with a minor in French from the University of Georgia.

College: Churchill College


  • Violence, security, and armed conflict
  • Armed group ideology and institutions
  • Conflict-related sexual violence
  • Socialization and group identity
  • Political sociology
  • Social theory and performativity
  • Gender and politics


Key publications: 

Mann, Katherine. Forthcoming 2023. Funding Empowerment: International Aid for Gender Equality in Politics, with Saskia Brechenmacher. New York, New York: Oxford University Press.


Mann, Katherine. May 11, 2022. “Re-thinking the Agents of Change,” with Saskia Brechenmacher. VISION Magazine.


Mann, Katherine. February 2, 2022. “Renewing U.S. Investments in Women’s Political Leadership,” with Saskia Brechenmacher. Just Security.


Mann, Katherine. March 2, 2021. “Representation Isn’t Enough,” with Saskia Brechenmacher and Lauren Meadows. Foreign Policy.


Thesis Title: Ideas in Action: How armed group ideology shapes conflict-related sexual violence
Supervisor: Dr Holly Porter

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