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Kate Hunt

Visiting Assistant Professor
GISB 1017, (812) 855-0020

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 2016
    • Women and Gender Studies Specialization
    • International Human Rights and Diversity Specialization
  • M.A. in Political Science, Arizona State University, 2009
  • B.A. in Political Science (Honors), University of Minnesota, Morris, 2007

Region Of Interest

  • Global

Research Topics

Comparative Politics
  • Social movements
  • Political communication (especially framing)
  • Women’s rights and gender issues
  • Human rights
  • Irish politics
  • Korean politics
Political Theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Power
  • J.S. Mill

Research Summary

Kate Hunt was born and raised in Minnesota, attended graduate school at Arizona State University (M.A. in Political Science), lived in South Korea teaching English as a Second Language for a year, and completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Her research agenda examines how political groups use different tools and strategies to influence policies and attitudes in their countries in a globalizing world. Such tools include social movement strategies such as protests and campaigns and the interactions between social movements and news media that influence attention to issues through framing and agenda setting. While her area of specialization is comparative politics, her research tends to be interdisciplinary. She relies on her Human Rights and Women’s and Gender Studies specializations and pull from many subfields of political science as well as sociology to inform her research.

In the course of conducting research for my dissertation, I had the opportunity to do fieldwork in Ireland and South Korea thanks to grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council (as a recipient of the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Political Science Department, and the UNL Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program. The experience of doing fieldwork was pivotal for me both personally and academically and has influenced the way in which I teach my courses.

In teaching my courses, I enjoy providing students with opportunities for active learning through activities such as organized debates and simulations that incorporate both concepts from class readings and current events. I also employ a wide variety of materials in the classroom, from traditional text books or academic books and articles to novels and comic books. The variation in the types of activities and materials we use in class speaks to many different student learning styles and helps simulate experiences in the classroom that help students connect course content to their daily lives. These connections are important to critical thought and create a collaborative learning environment that is beneficial.

Representative Publications

  • Hunt, Katherine. 2013. “J.S. Mill’s Feminism and the Third Dimension of Power.” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 3(1): 30-52.
  • Hunt, Kate. 2019. Zombies, Gender, and Student Active Learning, Journal of Political Science Education , 15:1, 49-63.
  • Hunt, Kate, & Gruszczynski, Mike. (published online 10/22/2018). The Ratification of CEDAW and the Liberalization of Abortion Laws. Politics & Gender, 1-24.