Katherine Saunders-Hastings

Katherine Saunders-Hastings

Research Interests

Urban violence and crime; Latin American cities; political and legal anthropology; ethnographic methods.


Dr. Katherine Saunders-Hastings is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. She employs ethnographic methods to understand urban violence in poor and marginalized neighbourhoods, focusing particularly on the effects of changing patterns of gang violence in Central America on local life and governance practices. Her current book project examines the dynamic relationships between criminal groups, community residents, and the state in Guatemala City’s gang-dominated barrios.

Katherine earned her doctorate in Socio-Legal Studies from the University of Oxford in 2015. Her research has been supported by fellowships and awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Clarendon Fund, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, among others. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from McGill University, an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, and has conducted research for the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (Montréal, Canada) and the Asociación para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales (Guatemala City, Guatemala).