Kate's research agenda examines how political groups use different tools and strategies to influence policies and attitudes in their countries in a globalizing world. In particular, Kate is interested in how social movement actors utilize framing techniques during debates about reproductive rights in their efforts to attract attention from the public, news media, and political elite. She explores how human rights instruments and discourse are used in these framing strategies and how social movements use social media. While her area of specialization is comparative politics, her research tends to be interdisciplinary. She relies on her Human Rights and Women's and Gender Studies specializations and pull from several subfields of political science and sociology to inform her research.
Global and International Studies Building, 1017