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Dr. Katherine (Kate) Brannum

Program Director Professor, Security and Global Studies
Dr. Katherine (Kate) Brannum


Ph.D. in Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. in Social Science - International Relations
Michigan State University

Research Interests

Dr. Brannum is a Full Professor and the Program Director of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies within the School of Security and Global Studies (SSGS). Dr. Brannum has been teaching at the university level for 25 years and online for 17 years. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science with concentrations in international relations, comparative politics and public administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her dissertation focus was compliance with international norms against torture. She is currently on the board of the Center on Transnational Crime and Political Conflict. She is a member of the International Studies Association, the American Political Studies Association, and Women in International Security. Dr. Brannum's research focus is on conflict resolution and human security. Her recent projects have included a study of the relationship between fear, (in)security and political power in two different contexts. The first focuses on vaccine drives in Pakistan; and the second on the relationship between women’s security and community security in two communities, the Mayan community in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala, and the Quiverfull community in the United States. The results of these studies were two book chapters, “Fear as Currency in Political Actions: Vaccines, Hope and Despair” co-written with Joseph Campos II and “Choices of Lesser Importance? Conflicting Values Shaping Perceptions of Community Security & Women’s Health Security.” She also co-authored an article entitled “Game of Norms: Panama, the International Community and Human Rights” with Michelle Watts and Kimberly Daniels Ruff. She is currently involved in two new research projects. One is a critical theoretical exploration of the ways in which the concept of peace is utilized and managed by the international arena and statist systems. It explores the ideas of “peace” and its development in the face of the forces of globalization that have subjected the national security state to global interpenetration and intermeshing of political, social, economic, and military forces that strain the practices of statecraft. The second project is a study of the way smaller groups seek to constrain the authority of states. This comparative case study analysis examines state interaction with four non-state actors in Germany and the US.

Positions Held

2000 - 2009
Batt Private School/ Juno Beach Prep
Head of School
1999 - 2006
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Adjunct Professor
1999 - 2000
Palm Beach Community College
Adjunct Professor
1996 - 1996
University of Massachusetts
Visiting Instructor
1994 - 1994
Mt. Holyoke College
Visiting Instructor

Intellectual Contributions

Guatemala 2018: frente a una encrucijada constitucional"

Kate Brannum
September 25, 2019
Revista Ciencia Política

Choices of Lesser Importance? Conflicting Values Shaping Perceptions of Community Security & Women’s Health Security

Kate Brannum, Michelle A Watts, Joseph Campos II
November 29, 2018
Global Security and Intelligence Studies Journal

On Conducting Research in Challenging Field Settings

Kate Brannum
August 2018
Global Security and Intelligence Studies Journal

Women in Global Security and Intelligence

Nicole K Drumhiller, Kate Brannum
August 30, 2018
Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies

Access to Information Doesn’t Have to Come with a Pretty Cover and a Price Tag

Kate Brannum, Nicole K Drumhiller
April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 25, 2018
Internet Learning Journal

Fear as Currency in Political Actions: Vaccines, Hope and Despair

Kate Brannum, Joseph H Campos
December 15, 2016
Inter-Disciplinary Press

Community Security and Women's Health

Kate Brannum
September 2016
Interdisciplinary Net

Game of Norms: Panama, the International Community and Human Rights

Michelle A Watts, Kate Brannum, Kimberly S Ruff
May 22, 2014
Latin American Policy


Bomberos, Maestros y Psicólogos: Guatemalan civil society response to the Volcano of Fire Disaster in Guatemala

Latin American Studies Association
May 24, 2019

Religion and State Authority: 50 years of balancing constraint

50 Years of Change
November 10, 2018

Religion and State Authority: 50 Years of Balancing Constraint

Northeastern Political Science Association
November 10, 2018

Creating a Culture of Collaboration, Resilience, and Academic Rigor in Applied Doctorates

International Association for Intelligence Education Europe
September 12, 2018

Challenges to State Authority and Control: A Comparison of the Twelve Tribes, Scientology, Reichsbürger, and the U.S. Patriot Movement.

International Studies Association Annual Conference
April 5, 2018

Choices of Lesser Importance

Research Special Interest Group
June 21, 2017

Technology and Forensics: The Future of Law Enforcement

AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series
April 21, 2017

Harnessing the Power of TEVUS

AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series
December 16, 2016

Social Media and its Many uses

AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series
December 16, 2016

Student-Faculty Research Collaboration

Graduate Studies Webinar Series
October 28, 2016

Community Security and Women's Health

(in)Security: Production, Dissemination, and Experiences
September 11, 2016

Maritime Smuggling: How Technology Can Disrupt the Network

AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series
December 11, 2015

Visual Analytics: A Case for Ethical Decision Making

AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series
September 30, 2015

Fear as Political Currency: The hope and despair of political action.

Fear, Horror and Terror: Experiences, Production and Dissemination
September 3, 2015

Decision-Making and Counter Terrorism: How the Visual Analytics of Data Can Help Save Lives

AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series
July 31, 2015

Applying a Critical Thinking Framework to Improve Intelligence Analysis

Graduate Studies Webinar Series
April 9, 2015

The Challenges and Opportunities of Publishing: A Roundtable

Graduate Studies Webinar Series
March 12, 2015

Conducting Field Research: What You Need To Know

Graduate Studies Research Webinar
February 12, 2015

In the Shadow of Canal: international norms, the environment, and human rights in Panama

ISA Annual Conference
March 27, 2014

Training Online Graduate Faculty

SLOAN-C: Online Graduate Teaching and Learning
November 2013

Training Online Graduate Faculty

SLOAN-C: Online Graduate Teaching and Learning
November 2013

Panama in the 21st century: Environmental, security, social, and political issues

November 8, 2013

Game of Norms

MALAS Annual Conference 2012
October 20, 2012

Media Contributions

Guatemalan Firefighters Respond to Volcanic Eruption with Sheer Will

In Public Safety
March 08, 2019
Social Media - Blog

Why We Shouldn’t Underestimate the Extremist Threat from the Bundys

In Public Safety
November 30, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Experts Describe New APUS Doctoral Degree Programs

In Homeland Security
July 12, 2017
Social Media - Podcast

Why Steve King’s ‘Babies’ Comments Won’t Rebuild Anything

In Homeland Security
March 16, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Why Intel Analysts Must Be Proficient at Engaging in Academic Discussions

In Public Safety
January 15, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Explore Your Intellectual Curiosity as an Academic Researcher

In Public Safety
November 20, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Traveling without Fear

April 14, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Human Security and the Threat of Hydroelectric Dams

In Homeland Security
April 13, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Perspectives on Online Graduate Education

LinkedIn Pulse: Education
March 21, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Minors Crossing the Border: It's Not About the Chupacabra

In Homeland Security
July 18, 2014
Social Media - Blog

My Conflicted Giving Journey

Blogher and Mayan Families
May 19, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Certifications and Licensure

November 4, 2017
CITI - Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
December 04, 2014
CITI - Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Awards & Honors

June 15, 2016
Course Improvement Project Award
American Public University Service
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the APUS Course Improvement Project
June 2013
Excellence in Teaching Award
American Public University System
Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award