Kathryn advises for History and Latin American Studies at the UA. She is originally from Minnesota, where she obtained her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from St. Cloud State University. In 2005, she graduated with honors from the CLAS master’s program with a thesis on the Nicaraguan women's movement from Sandinista period to early 2000s. She earned a Ph.D. in History also from the University of Arizona in 2015. Using oral histories, her dissertation examined the connections between nation-state formation and the development of obstetric medicine in Bolivia between 1900 and 1982.
She has worked as an academic advisor for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2016.
Aside from English, she speaks Spanish and German, reads Portuguese, and is learning Mandarin. She is a member of the Western Association of Women Historians, the Latin American Studies Association and the Social Science History Association.
"The M.A. program in Latin American Studies ignited my passion for human rights activism, fueled my intellectual curiosity, and laid the foundation for my love of Tucson and the University of Arizona. I completed my Ph.D. in History at the University of Arizona in 2015 and, since 2016, I have been fortunate to continue working with the Center for Latin American Studies as the undergraduate academic advisor. I occasionally teach classes on Latin America and write on midwifery and public health in Bolivia."