Katie Barth is an associate for Higher Education & Workforce Programs where she helps develop, manage, implement and support various field-based qualitative research and engagement initiatives across the country. She has been heavily implicated in Public Agenda’s higher education work pertaining to competency-based education, particularly in establishing and sustaining the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) in partnership with Lumina Foundation. In addition to supporting the network and fostering collaboration and responsible innovation in higher education, Katie has provided technical assistance for a variety of public engagement projects in the K-12, public deliberation and workforce development sectors.
Prior to her time at Public Agenda, Katie attended and received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Hamilton College. With double minors in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, she brings an additional background of qualitative research and previous fieldwork experience to the public engagement team. As an undergraduate, she spent time abroad in northern India, where she conducted independent research on the nature of student political activism at several Indian universities. A native Brooklynite, she is interested in social justice, urban reform, and post-colonial thought.