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Dr. Katherine Himes practices muddy boots science policy. Her expertise includes natural resources, research capacity, international development and science diplomacy. In particular, she has developed programs and policies in the areas of water, energy, forest management, rangelands, fire, disaster risk reduction, higher education, women in science, technology transfer and economic growth. Her work spans local, state, federal and international levels.

As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Dr. Himes served as regional science advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Central Asia, where she supported science and technology in five countries of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and Afghanistan specifically on water. While a AAAS Fellow based at USAID Washington, she led scientific and engineering partnerships between the U.S. and Pakistan; built entrepreneurship programs for researchers in Morocco, Pakistan and southern African countries; and supported USAID missions through the use of science, technology and science-based policy. 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 numerous awards for inclusive leadership.

Dr. Himes serves on grant review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences and Department of State and as associate editor of the journal Science & Diplomacy. Dr. Himes has been an invited speaker at international meetings, including the World Water Forum, The World Bank Climate Change Conference, AAAS Annual Meeting and annual consultations between the U.S. and Brazil, New Zealand and Uzbekistan. She also served on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on Science & Technology for Development. 

Dr. Himes is vice chair of the University Network on Collaborative Governance (UNCG) and a member of the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations (BCFR) board of directors, City Club of Boise board of directors and forum committee and the Sun Valley Institute advisory board.

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

MBA, Entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

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

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

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

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

FA Carrero-Martinez, KE Himes, A Douraghy (February 2017 electronic copy; March 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; September 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 (December 2014). “The Scientist-Diplomat.” (published in Russian)

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

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

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

A Dehgan and EW Colglazier (December 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 completed her Master of Science degree in Anthropology and Public Policy Analysis at Idaho State University. Her research focused on the intersections of natural resource management, public policy construction and culture. Specifically, she studied the Alaskan salmon fishing industry and policy construction within state, federal and international frameworks. During Ms. Callahan’s time at Idaho State University, she served as a research assistant on projects that explored land tenure issues of indigenous peoples in the United States and Central America. She also aided National Science Foundation-funded projects on subsistence land use and natural resource policy construction in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Her research has focused on qualitative analysis and ethnographic research, linking measurable evidence to real world actions and outcomes. Ms. Callahan also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Idaho State University.

Crystal Callahan, M.S.

Research and Program Manager

Crystal Callahan

514 W State Jefferson Street | Boise, Idaho


Dr. Megan Foster is a multi-method geographer who utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analyses to better understand public engagement in policy decision making. After finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Planning from 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 focused on collaborative governance and public lands management, by specifically exploring the role of Federal Advisory Committees within the U.S. National Park Service. Her master’s work took an in-depth look at the possibility of a Federal Advisory Committee to ease tensions at Point Reyes National Seashore that stemmed from the continued presence of a commercial oyster farm and ranches. Her doctoral research expanded upon this case study to examine the collaborative capabilities of Federal Advisory Committees throughout the U.S. National Park Service.

Megan Foster, Ph.D.

Program Director | Research Scientist

Megan Foster

514 W Jefferson Street | Boise, Idaho

Gina Whitney earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Idaho in 2007 and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010. She has worked in fundraising and development since 2012. During this time, Ms. Whitney has focused on securing funds for programs that improve access to essential services, particularly for rural and low-income Idahoans. Her research for federal, foundation and private grant proposals includes national, statewide and local analysis of issues involving the social determinants of health, education, poverty, domestic violence, housing and more. Funded proposals based on this research have led to positive, long-term changes in Idaho communities. Examples of this include the creation of the first ever palliative care program in Twin Falls County, expanded access to training in pediatric behavioral health for rural physicians and the creation of the Survivor Assistance Fund—a statewide network that helps survivors of domestic violence reach safety by providing them with money for transportation and relocation assistance, emergency and long-term housing and counseling services.

Gina Whitney, MFA

Grants and Research Associate

Gina Whitney

514 W Jefferson Street | Boise, Idaho


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