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Catherine Wood

PhD candidate

C.M. Wood MA
+31 71 527 7177

Catherine Wood is a PhD candidate at the Institute for History. She is a member of Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe’s US Foreign Policy and Liberalism research group, which is funded by a Vidi grant from the NWO. Within the group, she focuses on modernization and development.

More information about Catherine Wood

Fields of interest

  • Modernization and development 
  • The Peace Corps and VISTA during the Cold War 
  • Cold War history 
  • Transatlantic relations 

Curriculum Vitae

Catherine Wood is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Institute for History, where she is a member of the US Foreign Policy and Liberalism project. In 2023, she received her MA from the Erasmus Mundus European Politics & Society: Václav Havel Joint Master Programme after studying at Charles University, Jagiellonian University, and Leiden University. There, she was a representative on the student council and was the lead editor for European Waves, a student-run online magazine. While completing her MA, she also interned as a researcher, co-host and editorial assistant for the podcast America Explained. Her MA thesis focused on the role of the European Parliament in EU foreign policy since the Treaty of Lisbon. In 2018, she graduated with a BA in International Relations with honors from Boston University. 

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • History and International Studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1,17


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