Katherine Himes, Ph. D.

Katherine Himes, Ph.D. directs the James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho.

She is passionate about “muddy boots” science policy – working outside the office and getting her feet dirty. This philosophy has created a career focused on science policy, international development, and diplomacy.

Before moving to Idaho, Katherine served for four years as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the U.S. Agency for International Development, based in Washington, D.C. and Central Asia. As a science adviser, she worked closely with other governments, international organizations, and federal agencies, chiefly the U.S. Department of State. Her portfolio included water, energy, forest management, rangeland, fire, disaster risk reduction, research and education, women in science, technology transfer, and economic growth.

Raised in Minnesota, Katherine has been as a Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow, adjunct faculty in the Master of Public Administration Program at The Evergreen State College, and special adviser to the provost at the University of Minnesota.

Katherine believes strongly in supporting her scientific and local communities. She participates on grant review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, and Department of State. She is associate editor of the journal Science & Diplomacy, on the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations Board of Directors, and on the City Club of Boise Forum Committee.

Katherine is an invited speaker at international meetings, including the World Water Forum and The World Bank Climate Change Conference, and has served on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on Science & Technology for Development. She has been published in Science, Project Syndicate, and Esquire Kazakhstan, among others. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards.

She earned a Ph.D. and B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.