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Staff Profile

Dr Katharine A. M. Wright

Lecturer in International Politics


Dr Katharine A. M. Wright is a Lecturer in International Politics. Prior to joining Newcastle in 2017, Katharine held a lectureship at the University of Winchester and teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey.

Her research and teaching focus on gender and security. She is the author of NATO, Gender and the Military: Women Organising from within (with Matthew Hurley and Jesus Ignacio Gil-Ruiz). Available at: The book was officially launched at NATO Headquarters in June 2019. In addition, her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals including: JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations and International Affairs. She  also contributes to open access outlets including the LSE Impact Blog, Open Democracy and E-International Relations.

Dr Wright is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a member of the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (2018-2021), lead convener of the UACES Research Network 'Gendering EU Studies' (2018-2021) and part of Newcastle's organising team for the British International Studies Association 2020 conference

At Newcastle, she is a member of the Military, War and Security Research Group, the Gender Research Group and the International Politics research cluster. 

She tweets @KAMWright.

Professional Memberships

International Studies Association (ISA)
British International Studies Association (BISA)
The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

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Dr Katharine A. M. Wright’s primary research concerns NATO, and the EU’s foreign and security policy. Katharine’s work explores the intersection of gender and security in institutional settings. A key strand of this research has involved exploring the engagement of international security institutions with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

She is the author of NATO, Gender and the Military: Women organising from within (with Matthew Hurley and Jesus Ignacio Gil Ruiz). Drawing on recently declassified NATO documents, the book argues that NATO has always been concerned with gender issues. It draws attention to the work of NATO women and 'gendermen' who have organised within NATO to advocate on women's rights and gender and provides examples of best practice. The authors make the case for feminist theorising of NATO, arguing that NATO's engagement with Women, Peace and Security cannot be understood without an understanding of how NATO functions as an institution of international hegemonic masculinity.

Katharine is also interested in approaches to studying international institutions and the gendered nature of the research process itself. Her work on collaborative reflexivity with Matthew Hurley has been published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and a longer discussion article in Millennium: Journal of International Studies

Research interests:

-          NATO, EU foreign and security policy

-          Feminist security studies

-          Gender and security

-          Digital diplomacy

Selected research funding:

2019-2020: Faculty Research Fund, Newcastle University (PI)

2019-2020: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (PI)

2018-2019: British International Studies Association Early Career Small Research Grant (PI)

2017-2018: Faculty Bid-Preparation Fund, Newcastle University (PI)

2014: Universities Global Partnership Network (UGPN) Mobility Award


2015: Finalist, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Research, University of Surrey

2015: Faculty Postgraduate Researcher of the Year, University of Surrey

Research networks:

Lead convener, UACES 'Gendering EU Studies' Research Network (2018-2021)

Member, BISA European Security Working Group

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students working on gender and security, in particular focusing on NATO, EU CSDP, national militaries, foreign policy, and feminist security studies.

If you are interested in supervision by Katharine A. M. Wright, then you can find more information about the PhD programme at Newcastle here.


Dr Katharine A. M. Wright is passionate about learning and teaching. She has taught on a broad range of Politics and International Relations modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level across three different institutions. Her approach to teaching is grounded in the idea that students should be actively involved in their own learning. Katharine draws extensively on the problem based approach, for example simulations, to enable students to connect theoretical concepts with empirical reality. She has reflected on the value of her teaching philosophy in a piece for Active Learning in Political Science

Katharine is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCAP) with distinction.


  • POL2110 Security Studies (Module leader)