Kara Hooser is PhD candidate in Political Science with a major in International Relations and a minor in Race, Ethnicity and Gender. She earned her BA (2014) from North Carolina State University and an MA (2017) in International Relations with a concentration in Security Policy from St. Mary’s University-San Antonio. In 2015, she also earned a graduate certificate in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from St. Mary’s University.
Her dissertation research examines how discourses of masculinity in peacebuilding relate to the persistence of everyday violence in post-conflict spaces. As a researcher for the Conflict to Peace Lab at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, she also explores the role of community dialogue as a peace practice.