Kaitlyn Lombardo is a Research Assistant with the Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses primarily on climate security, ocean governance, and coastal vulnerability to climate change. Her honors thesis, which was awarded highest honors, the Florence Mason Palmer Prize for the best female thesis in international relations, and the Owen D. Young Prize for the best overall thesis in international relations, examined how norm backlash dynamics motivate state defiance of international environmental norms. Previously, Kaitlyn was an intern with the Stimson Center’s Environmental Security Program.
Kaitlyn graduated with highest honors and highest distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science and minors in Public Policy and Human Rights. Prior to joining Stimson, she worked at the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, conducted research for the Department of Defense, and interned at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Investigations Lab.