Welcome! My name is Catherine and I graduated in May 2019. I am currently a survey specialist with the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University.

My dissertation “The Democratic Fringe: Fringe Interests, Organizations and Participants in Advanced Democracies” looked at party movement organizations and fringe interest activism in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Employing a multi-method research design, I explored the vast interests seeking political representation from outside the mainstream in these countries and the motivations for individual participation in such efforts. Additionally, my dissertation explored the potential for fringe ideas and groups to appeal to the wider electorate and produce political change. More broadly, my research focuses on extreme ideologies and organizations, social movements, and political behavior across democracies in North America and Europe. I have a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester.


BSST 637: Qualitative Research Methods in Terrorism Studies

GVPT 379F: The Fringe in American Politics

GVPT 351: Model United Nations

GVPT 280: The Study of Comparative Politics

GVPT 170: Introduction to American Government

CPSP 359N: International Studies Scholars Independent Research

CPSN 101: International Studies Scholars Colloquium II

CPSN 100: International Studies Scholars Colloquium I


“Populism and Foreign Policy: Deepening Divisions and Decreasing Efficiency” with Caitlin McCulloch. Global Politics Review 3(2), October 2017: 39-52.

Other Writings

“Party or Movement? American Minor Parties and Political Campaigns.” Mobilizing Ideas. Invited post, October 2016. Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame.

CV: CV 7_2019.pdf99.12 KB


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park


  • 2017-04-11
    Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 2017-12-07
    Jean Elizabeth Spencer Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT280 The Study of Comparative Politics Fall 2018 Syllabus

Research Topics

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
5103 Tydings Hall
Government and Politics Department
ckane [at] umd.edu