Katherine Elgin 

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr.Katherine Kjellström Elgin is a DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where she researches grand strategy, great power relations, alliance management, and national security-decision making processes. Regionally, she is an expert in Russia, Central Asia, and Scandinavia. She writes in particular about the Sino-Russian relationship, Russian grand strategy, and great power interaction in the Arctic.

Katherine will obtain her Ph.D. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs in Fall 2020. At Princeton, Katherine served as the director of the Center for International Security Studies’ Strategic Education Initiative, leading the university’s program for educating, connecting, and mentoring students with an interest in national and international security.She is passionate about educating and inspiring the next generation of national security scholars and policymakers through immersive and engaging methods, including simulations and staff rides.

Katherine has also worked at the Brookings Institution and with a defense research firm in Washington, D.C. In 2019, she served as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Security & Development Policy in Stockholm, Sweden.

Katherine speaks Swedish, Russian, and French. She holds an A.B. in Politics and an M.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

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