Dr. Katherine Punteney’s experience in international education spans sectors including public and private higher education, and for-profit and non-profit organizations. She brings a passion for educating and advising students to her work, and is committed to assisting students in achieving their academic and career goals.
What I am most passionate about: I’m obsessed with the organizations and people who say that they are passionate about fighting poverty, social injustice, and abuse of human rights. I’m obsessed with how these kinds of actors carve up the world a) conceptually, b) pragmatically, and c) in opposition to other actors. I’m obsessed with the idea that there is no way to step outside of power – no way to extricate yourself or your organization from power relations, no privileged stance from which to pronounce or act in a world. Along with many others, I believe that poverty –
Working for social change means being willing to challenge the way things are done and what is perceived as normal by many people, including ourselves. By placing ourselves in the development picture as both agents and subjects of change we can work with others to construct a more meaningful future.
What excites me:
I believe that people learn and grow when they work together to solve problems that hold meaning and significance for their lives. While experts are important, they are never smarter than a group of committed individuals working together in pursuit of social justice.
Here are seven short videos that offer my perspective on Social Change.
One of the most critical challenges to development and indeed humanity is armed violence, especially in fragile states. This violence leads to death and injury, violations of human rights, lack of justice and the rule of law, lost productivity, lowering of already inadequate health budgets, and psychological costs. In short, development cannot proceed alongside such violence. I believe that this violence can and must be prevented, reduced and eventually eliminated. I have devoted most of my professional life to this end.
I am passionate about women’s human rights, how global human rights norms apply in specific cultures; about working, living and exploring multiple cultures and multiple identities; and about the nature of self and of identity.
What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is working with a socially committed, multicultural group of students and teaching within an environment of innovation and openness.
Watercolor Identities: Explore the Nature of Identity