Updated: May 17
A year ago to the day, I launched the social media for Black Women in International Affairs (BWINTAF) and casually grew from there. I started BWINTAF from a desire to see more Black American women in the field of International Affairs, create connections and build a network, however, the goal has always been to implement programming so that Black people can become active and engaged stakeholders in the international political arena. Black Americans, American referring to Black people throughout the Americas, should speak, lead and advocate for ourselves within international politics. I knew that this would be a lengthy process but I was and still am committed to see this vision through, and with the addition of Katherine Hilson I know that our mission will be achieved! She brings a diverse and necessary background and skillset that will be instrumental in the initial upstart and longevity of BWINTAF programming and outreach efforts.
Meet Dr. Katherine Hilson
Dr. Katherine Hilson
Katherine is a sociologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Carthage College. She specializes in critical criminology and police studies with a focus on power and inequality. She was born in Milwaukee, WI where her lived experiences serve as the foundation of her research interests. As a first-generation, working-class, Black woman raised in the most segregated city in the nation, she finds it her duty and honor to study the forces that create and reproduce inequality for disadvantaged communities. Katherine's research interests meet at the intersection of race, gender, crime, class, and social movements. Specifically, she is interested in how the police, criminal justice systems, and mass incarceration work in concert to protect and reproduce social inequality. At the same time, she emphasizes the ways in which members of marginalized populations individually and collectively resist aggressive and punitive policing. Katherine earned her B.A. from Emory University in sociology and African American studies. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology with a Black Studies emphasis from the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Welcome, Dr. Hilson!