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Faculty & Staff Profile 

Kathryn Fisher 
Visiting Assistant Professor

 Dr. Kathryn Fisher is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University and this fall will be teaching POLS 1500 Themes in Global Politics, POLS 1600 Engaging Politics, and POLS 2500 International Relations.

Dr. Fisher received a BA in Geography and French from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MA in International Affairs from American University in Washington. She completed a PhD in International Relations (IR) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2013 with her PhD thesis "From 20th Century Troubles to 21st Century International Terrorism: Identity, securitization, and British counterterrorism from 1968 to 2011". This project is anchored in a relational mechanism based analysis of official discourses to investigate how British counterterrorism measures emerged, were justified, and became normalized. More specifically, this work shows how counterterrorism discourse and counterterrorism practice unfolded in particular and causally consequential ways over time with respect to securitization and identity construction.

Previously Dr. Fisher taught with the LSE IR Department on the courses IR 100, "The Structure of International Society" and IR 201, "Power Shift: World in Crisis? Order and disorder in the 21st century", as well as with the LSE-wide course LSE 100, "Thinking like a social scientist". During the winter of 2012-2013 she worked as a researcher for Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (HCSTPV) at the University of St Andrews, completing an in-depth report for the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) titled "Political Violence and Terrorism against Major International Sporting Events: A Chronology and Consideration of Mitigation Strategies".

 In addition to her commitment to teaching, this year Dr. Fisher plans on transitioning PhD research into a book manuscript with an ongoing goal and challenge to speak with academic and practitioner audiences in areas of international relations and security studies. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Terrorism Research, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and Critical Studies on Terrorism, with current publication projects on the spatial and temporal imaginaries of counterterrorism as well as relationalism and securitization for/in IR more broadly.