Kathryn Overton is a second-year doctoral candidate in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Kathryn’s research foci include comparative political economy and legal development. Kathryn is passionate about political economy within less-developed and low-income countries. In addition, Kathryn studies the ways in which international governmental organizations affect domestic political outcomes. Kathryn incorporates both statistical as well as set theoretic, qualitative comparative analyses into her current research projects. Her methodological interests include quantitative Bayesian statistics as well as frequentist approaches, in particular, exponential random graph models.
Prior to enrolling in the graduate program, Kathryn spent several years volunteering in rural, northern New Mexico and abroad. These experiences motivated her passion for social problems. In particular, topics, such poverty and differentiated legal development with low-income countries, inspire her academic pursuits. Kathryn currently teaches high school equivalency classes with adult learners as a volunteer.
Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Haverford College as well as a second bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico. In addition, Kathryn holds two master’s degrees in Sociology and Economics from the University of New Mexico. During the spring of 2018, Kathryn presented research at the Four Corners Conflict Network and the Midwest Political Science Association. She also attended the summer program at the Inter-University Consortium for Political Science Research (ICPSR) as a recipient of the 2018 Janet Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship.