Catherine Conroy
Researcher, Security and Peace-keeping

Cat Conroy is currently working on a Master's degree through the Committee on International Relations at The University of Chicago. She also has 6 years of experience as a government consultant supporting various Intelligence Community agencies and the Department of Defense.

Cat's areas of expertise are political and criminal violence, and is conducting research for her Master's thesis on the effects of inter-drug cartel economic competition and geopolitics on the assassinations of state officials in Mexico. In 2011, she assisted in updating the Political Terror Scale (PTS) which scores the levels of political violence and terror a country experiences in a given year. As a Junior Fellow at Arizona State University, she researched the use of selective and indiscriminate violence by the Maoist Naxalite insurgent group in India.

Previously, Cat was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where she worked as a technical writer supporting the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Reconnaissance Office, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. For the Military Health Services, Cat conducted research on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed, where she studied the correlation between and effects of PTSD and TBI in active duty service members.

Cat received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. She expects to complete her Master's degree in August 2015.

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