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The Catholic and Marianist University

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

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 M. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in International Relations at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Her research explores processes of exclusion and dispossession with a special interest in the relationship between political instability and marginalized communities, including squatter settlements, displaced people, refugees, asylum seekers and recently emancipated slave populations. Related research interests include land, law and the environment; moral economy; anthropology and ethics; and the ethnographic research methodology of transient, illegal and hard-to-follow populations. Her work has appeared in diverse journals, including Journal of Clinical Psychology and Journal of the Center for Nepal and Asian Studies.

She is a cultural anthropologist and has conducted extensive research in Nepal. Kathleen completed her doctoral studies in social anthropology at Harvard University, did an M.A. in sociology at Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and obtained her undergraduate degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of Scranton. Her research has been supported at different stages by the Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council and National Rotary Foundation, among others.

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