Kathleen Reedy

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Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in Anthropology, Edinburgh University

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Kathleen Reedy is an anthropologist at the RAND Corporation, where she focuses on military doctrine, training and organizational culture; security cooperation; identity politics; and Middle Eastern politics and culture. Prior to joining RAND, she worked for the U.S. Air Force as part of a security cooperation training mission and for the U.S. Army as a social scientist in both Iraq and Afghanistan. She also spent over a year conducting ethnographic research in Syria. Her research has covered nationalism, political identities, governance, rule of law, and the gaps between policy and practice in war zones.

Reedy received her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, and her undergraduate degree from Penn State.

Selected Publications

Kathleen Reedy "The Four Pillars of Integration: How to Make Social Science Work in a War Zone," in Montgomery McFate and Janice Laurene, Social Science Goes to War, Oxford University Press, 2015

Kathleen Reedy, "Where the Rubber Meets the Wadi: Foreign Policy's Local Impacts in the Border Region of Eastern Afghanistan," Marine Corps University Press, 4(1), 2013

Kathleen Reedy, "Customary Law and Its Challenges to Afghan Statehood," Military Review, 0, 2012

Kathleen Reedy, "From the Ottoman to the American Empire: Syrian Narratives of Global Power," Social Analysis, 54(1), 2010

Kathleen Reedy, "Spy Versus Spy: Observation, Kinship, and the State in Pre-War Syria," International Political Anthropology Journal, 9(1), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Democracy Penn Kemble Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Kakehashi Research Grant, The Japan Foundation
  • Commander's Award for Civilian Service, US Army