Katie Sophie Gonser

Ph.D. Student (2019 Cohort)

Dissertation Project

Human Rights Discourse about North Korea

Professional Background

Human rights research


Qualitative methods, French, Spanish, Swedish


Katie’s research focuses on how civil society and international institutions talk about human rights in North Korea. More specifically, it looks at how the line is drawn between identities of ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’ and how this impacts accountability projects.

Most recently, Katie worked at the Freedom Fund in London, a non-profit dedicated to ending modern slavery. Prior to that, she interned at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva before moving to South Korea on a scholarship to learn Korean. She also interned at the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) in Seoul in 2016.

Katie holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a master’s degree in Social Work and Human Rights from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Grants & Fellowships

Richard B. Wesley Fellowship, 2019

Korean Government Scholarship Program, 2018

Seoul National University Scholarship, 2018

Adlerbertska Scholarship, 2016