Class of 2022
Hometown: Austin, TX
Research Interests: Postcolonialism, indigenous peoples and land rights, resistance mechanisms, displacement, transitional justice, positionality, Palestine and Palestinians
Cat graduated from Baylor University in 2019 as a University Scholar with concentrations in Arabic and Middle East Studies and Poverty and Social Justice Studies. Her undergraduate thesis explored the connection between Islamophobia and the racialization of Arab Americans. On campus, she served on the Baylor Migration Project Team, developing local projects to assist unaccompanied minors from Central America. Additionally, she took time away from school to volunteer in refugee communities in Greece, Jordan, and Palestine. After undergrad, Cat worked in the Texas State Senate and served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in the West Bank. Cat is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and will enter the U.S. Foreign Service as a political officer upon graduation from MAAS.