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Katherine E. Brown

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Birmingham


Dr Katherine E. Brown is head of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, with a PhD in political Islam and religious discourses on women’s rights. Her research focuses on women's involvement in violent religious politics, specifically Islam, and state responses to it.

She is the principal investigator on three funded projects. She is leading a collaboration with researchers in the United States, Australia and the UK on gender mainstreaming in countering and preventing violent extremism on behalf of UN Women and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is leading the Arts and Humanities Research Council network on the arts and humanities contributions to resilience. She is also leading a British Academy project on the impact of countering and preventing violent extremism duties on youth work in Europe. She has recently published on the importance of gender in sustaining ISIS as a proto-state.

Katherine has been a guest speaker at the 9/11 Memorial Center in New York and the European Parliament, for the BBC and Sky broadcasters, and most recently at the Hay on Wye Literary Festival and at an expert seminar for the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate.  

(Photo: Paul Musso, Hay Festival)