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Kate Carter

Ph.D. Candidate
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Research Interests: 
African politics, Elections, Democratization, Political Economy of Development, Science and Technology Studies

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Kate Carter is a fourth year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science specializing in comparative politics and international relations. Kate's research focuses on politics and technology in sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation analyzes technology use in elections in East Africa. Kate is currently in Kenya, where she has completed nine months of field research. She has previously conducted field research in Uganda.

Recent support for her research comes from UW-Madison's Elections Research Center, UW-Madison's Institute for Regional and International Studies, the African Studies Association, UW-Madison's Graduate School, UW-Madison's African Studies Program, UW-Madison's Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior to her doctoral research, Kate managed open innovation programs for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. and led operations for a tech startup in Mountain View, CA. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2016), M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago (2011), and B.A. in Economics and Political Science with honors and a minor in African Studies from Northwestern University (2010).

Kate is an affiliate of the Elections Research Center and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. She is a Center for Democracy & Technology non-resident Fellow.