Katherine Owens

Katherine Owens

Research Interest


Katherine Owens is a M.A. student in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, with a focus on international relations. Her interests include arms control, nuclear strategy, security policy, and IR theory.

Ms. Owens graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in economics in 2018. Her undergraduate thesis, “Why did Russia Deploy the SS-20 and SSC-8 Nuclear Missiles?” analyzed the possible security, political, and domestic motivations behind Russia’s deployment of intermediate-range nuclear missiles in 1976 and 2016.

Prior to coming to Columbia University, Ms. Owens managed a team in the Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Information Technology in Washington, DC.