Kat is a fourth year PhD student in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and American Politics. Her main research focus is state level abortion restrictions, their impact on a state's abortion rate, and how interest groups’ strategies contribute to the passage of these laws. Kat's other areas of interest include campaigns and elections, political parties, and public opinion. She is currently working on her dissertation prospectus, which will be examining the lobbying strategies of national and state abortion interest groups.
Kat served on the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) Leadership Summit Planning Committee which orchestrated and hosted the national leadership summit in August 2015 and is also a member of the University's Public Engagement Council.
Kat is in her third year of service in the Graduate Student Association. She served as an Assembly Representative for her RGSO, Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS), September-December 2013, was elected Assembly Speaker in October 2013, was appointed Acting Vice President of the GSA in January 2014, and was elected and served as Vice President for the 2014-2015 academic year.