Katherine is an applied political philosopher with research interests in normative political philosophy, social policy and Indigenous policy in Australia. She is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University where she holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2014-2017). Her current research project, 'Reconciling Rival Visions of Indigenous Development', compares and evaluates Noel Pearson and Jon Altman's ideas concerning economic development in remote regions of Australia.
Katherine completed her PhD in Political Science under the supervision of Prof John Dryzek in 2010. Her doctoral thesis drew upon deliberative democratic theory to explore the ethics of criticising other cultures.