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Katherine Blue Carroll

Associate Professor (non-tenure track)
Associate Director of Public Policy Studies

Katherine Blue Carroll came to Vanderbilt University in 2001 as the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Science. Since 2006 she has been a full-time non-tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, where she directs the undergraduate program in public policy studies and teaches courses on Terrorism, Political Islam, Middle East Politics, and The War in Iraq. From January 2008 through April 2009 she worked as a social scientist on a Human Terrain Team in Baghdad, Iraq. Human Terrain Teams were developed to provide expert social and political advice to brigade commanders and soldiers on the ground in war zones. Since returning from Iraq she has worked on various aspects Iraqi culture and politics, as well as on the interaction of the American military with Iraqi society. She also works as a consultant for Decisive Analytics Corporation, a defense contractor, and has given several invited talks on her experience in Iraq and on Arab culture and politics to military audiences.

Representative publications

  • Carroll, Katherine Blue. "Not Your Parents' Political Party: Young Sunnis and the New Iraqi Democracy" Middle East Policy, Fall 2011.
  • Carroll, Katherine Blue. "Tribal Law and Reconciliation in the New Iraq" Lead article in The Middle East Journal, Winter 2011.
  • Carroll, Katherine Blue. Business as Usual? Economic Reform in Jordan. Michigan: Lexington Press, 2003.
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