Katrin is a doctoral candidate in political science at the Université de Montréal. She is studying the dynamics of civil war and their impact on societies emerging from armed conflict. She is also interested in the benefits and pitfalls of international development and democracy promotion programs. During her PhD studies, she worked with the Great Lakes Team at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).
Prior to her PhD, Katrin studied philosophy and political science at the University of Heidelberg, Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University. Throughout her studies, she volunteered with several human rights organizations to organize exhibits to raise public awareness on human rights violations around the world. At Sciences Po, she worked with the Association Bourgogne Balkans Express to hold conferences that brought together European researchers and practitioners to debate the future of the Balkans. She interned at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and with the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) in Paris. Between her MA and PhD studies, she worked with a pan-African consultancy in Libreville and at UN Headquarters in New York, in particular on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.