Katherine Lawlor is a Research Assistant on the Iraq portfolio at the Institute for the Study of War. Her work focuses on Iraqi politics, popular protests, and proxy militia groups. Katherine received her Masters of Arts in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland where she also studied U.S. civil-military relations and Russian language. Katherine wrote her undergraduate dissertation on the Goldwater Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 and the U.S. chain of command. Prior to joining the ISW team, Katherine worked with a congressional campaign, on Capitol Hill, and at her local public radio station.