Kathryn Babineau

Groundbreakers Jefferson Fellow
B.A. University of Virginia (2012)
M.P.P. University of Virginia (2013)
M.Phil. University of Oxford (2015) with Distinction


Kathryn is a Ph.D. student in the University of Virginia’s sociology department, where she studies the political economy of globalization, labor rights, temporary migration, and public and private regulation. Her dissertation, “Retaking Control? Sending States and the Regulation of Temporary Labor Migration,” traces the regulation of temporary labor migration programs in American agriculture, with an emphasis on the changing role of sending states and private organizations in shaping the structure of these programs. Her previous research identified factors that influence the successful remedy of human rights violations committed by corporations, as a member of the innovative Corporations and Human Rights Database research team. Before returning to academia, she worked as a human rights investigator in US agriculture and as a foreign policy researcher. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Latin American studies from the University of Oxford and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia.

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