About Katelyn C. Jones, PhD

Katelyn Jones is the Women, Peace, and Security Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Public Fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies. She specializes in weaving together advanced qualitative and quantitative methodologies to give insight into human behaviors, and using these insights to make recommendations for improved processes and programming. Her most recent projects have assessed institutional diversity and inclusion, with special attention to the gendered dynamics of policy formation and implementation. She is particularly interested in using identity (gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc.) as an analytic to research and evaluate human behavior, and then using these findings to propose more inclusive and equitable institutional policies and research guidelines.

At the Chicago Council, Katelyn has moderated and created content for high-level roundtables equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). She also writes white papers on institutions' EDI and prepares regular brownbag conversations on EDI for Council staff. Katelyn earned three certificates in EDI training from the National Conference on Diversity Race and Learning in 2019.

Katelyn earned a PhD and MA in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an AB in government from Georgetown University. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago's Harris School for Public Policy. Prior to joining the Council, she was visiting faculty in international politics at the University of Richmond and Barnard College. Katelyn has also worked at the Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, DC, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis.


Her research has been selected for presentations at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Women, Peace, and Security, as well as Women In International Security’s Next Generation Symposium on the future of WPS, the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, Urban Labs, the UN NGO Working Group to End Global Homelessness, and the Global Forum on Women in Science Education and Research.


What I'm currently thinking about...

Inclusive Research and Development (R&D)

Conversations about inclusion are all too often separate from conversations about best research practices. Recognizing this problematic gap, I created an Inclusive R&D toolkit--Bridging the Research Gap--intended to be used by conventional experts and anyone else trying to foster inclusion in their research teams and their products. It draws on experiences of practitioners across industries and novel research methodologies. Relatedly, I hosted my first inclusive R&D workshop at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which can be watched here.

Gendered Dynamics of Violence in Chicago

This project weaves together narratives about violence from organizations addressing violence, donors funding work to reduce violence, and people directly impacted by violence. It will bring forward stories of violence that are often silent, ignored, or underrepresented in efforts to address violence in the city. It will use these narrative accounts to illuminate gaps in programming and uncover new avenues for reducing violence in the city.


Recent Publications and Interviews

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