Kate Carter

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: Comparative Politics and International Relations

Email: kcarter5@wisc.edu

Research interests:

African politics, Elections, Political Economy of Development, Science and Technology Studies


Kate Carter is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science specializing in comparative politics and international relations. Kate’s research focuses on politics and technology in sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation analyzes technology use in elections in East Africa. Kate has conducted field research in Kenya and Uganda.

Recent support for her research comes from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program, the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Mellon Foundation, UW-Madison’s Elections Research Center, UW-Madison’s Institute for Regional and International Studies, the African Studies Association, UW-Madison’s African Studies Program, UW-Madison’s Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, UW-Madison’s Department of Political Science, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship Program.

Prior to her doctoral research, Kate managed open innovation programs for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. and led operations for a tech startup in Mountain View, CA. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2016), M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago (2011), and B.A. in Economics and Political Science with honors and a minor in African Studies from Northwestern University (2010). Kate is an affiliate of the Elections Research Center and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. She is a non-resident fellow with the Center for Democracy & Technology in Washington, DC.

Dissertation title:

Technology, Elections, and Democracy in Africa


Scott Straus, Aili Mari Tripp, Scott Gehlbach, Rikhil R. Bhavnani