Kate is a Dphil student interested in intersections of gender-based violence and technology. Her doctoral project examines the emerging industry of “anti-rape technologies,” specifically mobile devices with tracking, alarm, reporting, and safety planning functions aimed at preventing and responding to sexual violence in US higher education. Kate joined the OII in 2015 as a MSc student. Her thesis surveyed the information sharing practices of child protection social workers and explored the practical and ethical scopes for adopting predictive technologies.

Kate completed her honors BA in Gender Studies and Social Studies from Harvard where she studied feminist theories of sexual consent. She was the founder and lead organizer of Our Harvard Can Do Better, a campaign for an affirmative consent-based policy of sexual harassment. At Know Your IX, a youth and survivor-led organization that empowers students to end gender-based violence in their schools, she first organized for national campaigns and now continues her involvement as a board member. Kate has previously worked for local domestic violence services in California, Massachusetts, and Seoul, South Korea.

Research interests

affect; consent; information sharing; privacy; gender-based violence; grassroots organizing; higher education; metrics; Title IX/sexual harassment policy