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Katherine Himes, Ph.D. practices muddy boots science policy. Her expertise includes natural resources, collaborative governance, research partnerships, science diplomacy and international development. Dr. Himes has developed programs, policies and collaborations connected to water, energy, forests, rangelands, fire, disaster risk reduction, higher education, women in science, technology transfer and economic growth. Her work spans local, state, federal and international levels. 

Currently, Dr. Himes is co-chair of the U.S. National Academies Roundtable on Global Science Diplomacy, associate editor of the journal Science & Diplomacy, vice chair of the University Network on Collaborative Governance (UNCG), vice president of the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations (BCFR) Board of Directors and member of the City Club of Boise Board of Directors. She also serves on grant review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences and Department of State. 
Before joining the McClure Center in 2017, Dr. Himes was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow. In the U.S. Foreign Service, she served as regional science advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Central Asia and supported science and technology in five countries of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan. While an AAAS Fellow based at USAID Washington, she led scientific and engineering partnerships between the U.S. and Pakistan; built entrepreneurship programs with researchers in Morocco, Pakistan and southern African countries; supported USAID missions through the use of science, technology and science-based policy and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on Science & Technology for Development. Dr. Himes worked across USAID and the U.S. Department of State to integrate science-based approaches into development and diplomacy, both bilaterally and multilaterally. Her innovative approach to development and diplomacy was recognized with multiple USAID awards. 
Prior to her time in Washington, Dr. Himes served as special assistant to the provost at the University of Minnesota during a major strategic positioning initiative. In this capacity, she led research, science and education policy efforts, working closely with students, faculty, staff, leadership, alumni, the Board of Regents and the community. Dr. Himes received several awards for her inclusive leadership. 
Dr. Himes earned a Ph.D. and B.S. in neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, and an MBA in entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, 2007

MBA, Entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

B.S., Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, 1999

KE Himes. (Jan. 2022) “A Model for Transboundary Water Cooperation: Perspectives from a Science Diplomat.” Sustainable Development for the Americas: Science, Health, Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Proceedings, Chapter 6: 289-296. 

A Maas and KE Himes (Dec.  2021). “Recreation and Tourism Report.” Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment.

 KE Himes. (Sept. 2021) “Fuzz.” Science. 373 (6559): 1079-1080.

KE Himes. (Nov. 2017). “Uzbekistan: A Brief Primer.” Interrupter Blog

KE Himes (Sept. 2017). “The Fear Factor.” Science 357: 964-965.

AM Slaughter and KE Himes (May 2017). “Science and International Development Policy.” Project Syndicate.

KE Himes (Apr. 2017). “Promoting Water Security in Central Asia through International Research Partnerships.” Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations.

FA Carrero-Martinez, KE Himes, A Douraghy (Feb. 2017 electronic copy; Mar. 2017 hard copy). “Toward a Knowledge-Based Society: The Legacy of Science and Technology Cooperation between Pakistan and the United States.” Science & Diplomacy.

KE Himes, BL Kinder, LA Peterson (July 2016 electronic copy; Sept. 2016 hard copy). “U.S. Forest Service Helps Foster Protected Landscape Management in Central Asia.” Science & Diplomacy.

KE Himes (July 2015). “Letter from the Feld: Science and Culture Collide: Living and Working as a Science Diplomat in Central Asia.” Science & Diplomacy.

KE Himes (Dec. 2014). “The Scientist-Diplomat.” (published in Russian)

KE Himes (Aug. 2014). “The Muddy Boots Scientist.” American Association of University Women Blog.

KE Himes (Dec. 2013). “A Report from Kazakhstan.” American Association for the Advancement of Science “Science on the Fly.”

KE Himes (Aug. 2013). “A Fresh Approach to North-South Collaboration.” The World Academy of Sciences 24 (4).

A Dehgan and EW Colglazier (Dec. 2012). “Development Science and Science Diplomacy.” Science & Diplomacy.

KE Himes, KA Klukas, KA Mesce (2007). “Hormone-Dependent Expression of Fasciclin II during Ganglionic Migration and Fusion in the Ventral Nerve Cord of the Moth, Manduca sexta.” Journal of Comparative Neurology 509: 319-39.

  • University of Wisconsin Forward under Forty Alumni Award Recipient, 2017
  • National Science Foundation Global Women’s Scholars Network Summit Leader, 2017
  • Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow, 2016
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Individual Performance Honor, 2016 and 2014
  • USAID Meritorious Group Honor Award, 2015 and 2012
  • University of Minnesota Outstanding Service & Commitment to Graduate Education, 2010
  • University of Minnesota Outstanding Neuroscience Alumni Award, 2009
  • University of Minnesota President’s Emerging Leaders Program, 2008
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2005
  • University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2005
  • Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, University of Minnesota Representative, 2004
  • University of Minnesota Predoctoral Fellowship, 2001
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Outstanding MBA Student, 2001
  • University of Minnesota Commencement Speaker, 1999

Katherine Himes, Ph.D.



514 W Jefferson Street | Boise, Idaho


Crystal Callahan is an expert in qualitative analysis and ethnographic research, linking evidence to real world actions and outcomes. Her research explores the intersections of natural resource management, public policy construction and culture, and has spanned Alaskan salmon fishing industry to Idaho collaborative governance efforts. Ms. Callahan is focused on understanding policy construction within state, federal and international frameworks while working with communities in her home state.  

At the McClure Center, Ms. Callahan leads undergraduate student programs, participates in collaborative governance research and facilitation, fosters external partnerships and ensures the McClure Center is able to create impactful programs that further policy conversations in Idaho.  

In 2022, she was elected Vice Chair for University of Idaho Staff Council and serves on several University of Idaho working groups.  

Ms. Callahan holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Idaho State University and a Master of Science in anthropology, also from Idaho State University.

Crystal Callahan, M.S.

Operations Director

Crystal Callahan

514 W Jefferson Street | Boise, Idaho


Megan Foster, Ph.D. is a multi-method geographer who specializes in public engagement and collaborative governance in public policy. Her work involves complex project management across large multi-stakeholder teams. She also has broad experience in outreach—translating and communicating technical information for non-technical diverse audiences. 

After finishing her Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and planning at Sonoma State University, Dr. Foster went on to complete both her Master of Science in community development and Ph.D. in geography at the University of California, Davis. Her graduate research work at UC Davis centered around collaborative governance and public lands management, by specifically exploring the role of Federal Advisory Committees within the U.S. National Park Service.  

Dr. Foster’s most recent work focused on managing the Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment while a postdoctoral fellow at the McClure Center. She co-directs the Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF), supervises law student externs and contributes to overall efforts within the McClure Center.  

Dr. Foster currently serves on the Steering Committee for the University Network on Collaborative Governance (UNCG).  


Ph.D., Geography, University of California—Davis, 2020   
M.S., Community Development, University of California—Davis, 2015 
B.A., Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University, 2013

Megan Foster, Ph.D.

Program Director | Research Scientist

Megan Foster

514 W Jefferson Street | Boise, Idaho

Gina Whitney is a bright, compassionate and creative critical thinker who has worked as a professional writer, fundraiser and researcher since 2012. She was raised in a small, rural town in the southern Idaho desert and has a deep love for the state.   

At the McClure Center, Ms. Whitney leads grant activities, including prospecting, proposal writing, collaborating with partners and submission; contributes to research projects by developing research plans, gathering and analyzing data, and creating/co-creating full-length research reports, needs assessments and policy briefs; facilitates community outreach and conversations and contributes to external communications including newsletters, press releases, program and presentation materials and more. Her research has focused on national, statewide and local analysis of issues involving education, housing, poverty, public policy, science policy, social determinants of health and more.   

Since joining the McClure Center in 2019, Ms. Whitney has secured considerable grant funding from a combination of state and national foundations and organizations. This funding has led to the launch and expansion of the Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF), which connects Idaho policy makers with scientific expertise, as well as support for the Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment, a partnership among more than 40 entities across Idaho that focuses on economic risks and opportunities throughout the state. 

Before joining the McClure Center, Ms. Whitney worked as a grant writer, fundraiser and outreach coordinator for academic institutions and nonprofits. Her work has affected long-lasting changes in Idaho communities. Examples include establishing the first palliative care program in Twin Falls County, expanding access to pediatric behavioral health training for rural physicians in Idaho and creating the Survivors Assistance Fund, a statewide program that provides survivors of domestic violence with money for transportation, relocation, housing and counseling services.


MFA, Creative Writing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2010 
B.A., English, University of Idaho, 2007

Gina Whitney, MFA

Grants and Research Associate

Gina Whitney

514 W Jefferson Street | Boise, Idaho


McClure Center

Physical Address:
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Mailing Address:
James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
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514 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4549