Senior Associate (Non-resident), Human Rights Initiative
Expertise: Afghanistan, Asia, Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Defense and Security, Geopolitics and International Security, Governance and Rule of Law, Human Rights, Human Security, International Development, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, Transitional Justice
Associated Programs: Human Rights InitiativeKatherine Brown is currently an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and a 2016–2017 International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2013 to 2016, she served as executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, an office authorized by Congress to appraise and strengthen U.S. engagement activities with foreign citizens. Dr. Brown previously served in the U.S. government as an assistant to the national security adviser at the White House; as a communications adviser at the U.S. embassy in Kabul; and as a professional staff member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives. She also worked throughout South Asia as a communications manager for the Asia Foundation and as one of the original editorial staff members for Bloomberg View, the opinion platform for Bloomberg News. Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. and M.A. in communications from Columbia University in 2013 and completed her doctoral fieldwork in Afghanistan and Pakistan where she examined their news media’s effects on governance, civil society, and foreign policy. Her B.A. is from the George Washington University.