Kim Fletcher has a BA in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in sociology from Western Kentucky University. She switched from anthropology to sociology due to an interest in quantitative research, and continued her studies in international conflict management in an attempt to apply that interest to some of the questions she developed as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.
Kim’s primary research focuses on the measurement and mitigation of states’ vulnerability to intrastate conflict. Her dissertation is titled “Measuring and Simulating Conflict Vulnerability: Theory and Practice.” She draws on general systems theory and economic theories of conflict to test the ways in which current measures of fragility and instability can be modified to help our understanding of when and where civil conflict occurs. Her secondary interests are in land reform related disputes, and the use of sport in peacebuilding processes.
Kim holds an ACTFL advanced high certification in Wolof.