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Dr Katharine A. M. Wright

Senior Lecturer in International Politics


Dr Katharine A. M. Wright (She/Her) is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University.

Her research and teaching focus on gender and security, including at NATO and in EU foreign and security policy. She is the author of NATO, Gender and the Military: Women Organising from within (with Matthew Hurley and Jesus Ignacio Gil-Ruiz). The book is published by Routledge and was officially launched at NATO Headquarters in June 2019. It received an honourable mention in the 2020 BISA Susan Strange Book Prize, with the judges commenting: 

“This is a highly original book based on detailed archival research and extensive interviews, thanks to unprecedented insider access to NATO. The book’s originality lies in the detailed historical account of gender in NATO, drawing on critical feminist theory and methods”

In addition, her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals including: International Affairs, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. Katharine has also contributed to other outlets including the LSE Impact Blog, Open Democracy and E-International Relations.

Dr Wright is Chair of the International Studies Association (ISA) Committee on the Status of Women (2020-22), a member of the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (2018-21) and lead convener of the UACES Research Network 'Gendering European Studies' (2018-22).

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)
University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
European International Studies Association (EISA)

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Orcid ID: 0000-0003-0911-5122



Dr Katharine A. M. Wright's primary research concerns NATO, and the EU’s foreign and security policy. It 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 has also published on Brexit, Covid-19, and gender and the research process.

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 issues 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.

Dr Wright is the PI on an ESRC funded project in collaboration with the Quaker Council for European Affairs on gender inclusivity across peace and security institutions to produce a guide and accompanying short films on the value of a gender perspectives for peace and security. These will be launched in Brussels in autumn 2020.

Selected research funding:

2019-2020: Faculty Research Fund, Newcastle University (PI)
2019-2020: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (PI)
2018-2022: UACES 'Gendering European Studies' Research Network (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 (PI)

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students working on gender, peace and security, in particular focusing on NATO, civil society, 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. She 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

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

At Newcastle, Dr Wright is the Degree Programme Director (DPD) for both International Relations and Politics and International Relations.  

Beyond Newcastle, she is an External Examiner at Leeds Beckett University (2020-24): BA (Hons) International Relations, MA International Relations, MA Peace and Development, MA International Human Rights Practice.


  • POL2110 Security Studies (Module leader)
  • POL3119 Projects in International Relations (supervisor)
  • POL3046 Dissertation in Politics (supervisor)