Katherine is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in security studies interested in grand strategy, civil-military affairs, alliance dynamics, and national security decision-making processes. Her dissertation examines contemporary Sino-Russian relations and their effects on U.S. grand strategy. Regionally, she is particularly interested in Central Asia and Scandinavia. Before commencing her graduate studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, Katherine worked at the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. While in D.C., Katherine also worked with a defense research firm. Katherine speaks Swedish, Russian and French. She grew up on a family farm near Middleburg, Virginia, and enjoys photography, tennis and traveling. Katherine holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.