Kate Roll

Lecturer in Empirical Politics

Kate Roll is a Lecturer at Somerville, teaching first year empirical politics. She completed her doctorate in Politics at DPIR in December 2014, writing her thesis on the reintegration of former guerrillas in Timor-Leste. Her work focuses on the domestic politics of post-conflict transitions and policy-making. She also holds an MPhil (distinction) in International Development Studies, University of Oxford, and a BA in International Relations (magna cum laude) from Brown University.


Kate is also a Research Fellow at Saïd Business School (SBS) and manages the Mutuality in Business Project. Her current work at SBS focuses on micro-entrepreneurship programmes in developing countries, and in the coming year it will include experimental work on the impact of different micro-financing contracts on entrepreneurial performance in Nairobi, Kenya.


Kate brings to her teaching a professional background in international development and peace-building and broad experience in mixed methods research in complex contexts.

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