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Kathleen M. Gallagher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Graduate International Relations



  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.A., Tribhuvan University (Nepal)
  • B.A., University of Scranton


  • International Development and Human Security in a Post-conflict Setting
  • Cross-cultural Aspects of Socioeconomic Development
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Social Suffering
  • NGOs, Civil Society and Non-State Actors
  • Sustainable Development
  • Ethical Issues in International Relations

Research Interests

  • States in Crisis and Socioeconomic Development
  • Marginalization and Disenfranchisement (refugees, squatters, ex-slave populations, internally displaced people, asylum seekers)
  • Politics and Society of South Asia, Nepal
  • Moral Economy; Anthropology and Ethics


Kathleen’s work in Nepal and South Asia focuses on marginalized communities such as squatters, internally displaced populations, bonded laborers and girls at risk for human trafficking. Her vocational interests are rooted in a desire to apply rigorous scholarship to topics, people and situations that might otherwise go unseen or unheard.

Her research has been featured in an assortment of journals including Human Organization, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Crossing the Border, a special edition of Studies in Law, Politics and Society and other publications. She has also presented her research findings at over thirty conference venues at home and abroad. Kathleen’s research and writing address a range of issues including the structural production of inequity; the everyday violence of poverty; asylum and trauma; and anthropological ethics. Kathleen has further pursued these interests through the provision of expert witness for political persecution and at the Center for Refugee Services in San Antonio.

Kathleen’s research has been funded by a variety of organizations, including the Social Science Research Council, Institute for the Study of World Politics, Mellon Foundation and International Rotary Foundation. Her writing has additionally benefitted from scholarships provided by Sarah Lawrence College and the New York State Summers Writers Institute for Advanced Nonfiction Prose. She is also a two-time Fulbright Scholarship recipient.

Kathleen delights in mentoring the passions of her graduate students, who have given papers around the country and with whom she co-founded a non-profit for malaria relief and graduate student organization for cooperative international development.

Kathleen is currently in formation to become a Marianist Educational Associate. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award (St. Mary’s University) as well as the Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award acknowledging those who promote peace, empowerment, civic engagement, cooperation, equality, and respect of all persons.

Gallagher completed her undergraduate work at the University of Scranton in psychology and philosophy; her master’s degree in sociology at Tribhuvan University (Nepal) and her doctoral studies in anthropology at Harvard University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in International Relations, St. Mary’s University and a Visiting Scholar at the South Asia Institute, University of Texas, Austin.

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