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Kat Williams

Miss Kat Williams

Research student


I am an ESRC-funded PhD candidate in the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University. My research investigates the role and motivations of women in the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

I completed an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) at Cardiff University in 2018. My MSc dissertation, “Grab ‘em by the pussy”: Investigating why women voted for Donald Trump, attempted to determine the socio-cultural, historical, and economic factors that influenced women’s support for this controversial candidate.  

Prior to this, I graduated from Swansea University with a BA in German and Politics (2007-2011) and an MA in International Security and Development (2013-2016). My MA dissertation, Deconstructing the Demon Lover: Unpacking the Role of Women in the IRA and ETA, investigated the factors behind women’s membership of these two groups, and critically examined the theory that women only become involved in political violence because of romantic relationships with male comrades, i.e., a Demon Lover.

My research interests include women’s involvement in terrorism and political violence, political subjectivities, the populist radical right in Europe, feminist research methods, and gender. 






Assessing the role and motivations of women in the Alternative for Germany (working title)


Claudia Hillebrand Bennett

Claudia Hillebrand Bennett

Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director of Postgraduate Research Studies