Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast is the director of Gender Policy and Strategy at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She also leads the Institute’s Grants and Fellowships program. 

As a sociocultural anthropologist, Kuehnast brings scholarship and field experience to focus on the different gendered impacts of violence and conflict on men, women, and gender and sexual minorities. In this capacity, Dr. Kuehnast co-edited the volume, “Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century” (2011). She has been a part of the international vanguard of introducing the concept of “peaceful masculinities,” which is focused on inclusive gender analysis. The concept is outlined in her co-authored publication, “Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory: A Guide for Turning Theory into Practice," which has been translated into seven languages. 

Prior to USIP, Dr. Kuehnast in the international development field for 15 years, primarily with the World Bank, where she conducted research and project management on the thematic streams of women and poverty, social capital, and community-driven development in fragile and post-conflict societies. Her regional expertise is Central Asia; she lived in Kyrgyzstan for several years while completing her doctoral dissertation research, which resulted in a number of publications on the impact of post-Soviet transition on Muslim women.

Dr. Kuehnast is the 2015 recipient of the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. She is a recipient of the postdoctorate Mellon Foreign Fellowship at the Library of Congress, and also a former postdoctorate Kennan Institute Fellow at the Wilson Center. She received her doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota. She is also a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Publications By Kathleen

Why Gender and Sexual Minority Inclusion in Peacebuilding Matters

Why Gender and Sexual Minority Inclusion in Peacebuilding Matters

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

By: Julia Schiwal; Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.

A society cannot be considered peaceful when certain groups within it experience targeted and ongoing forms of violence and discrimination. Despite this recognized importance of inclusivity, gender and sexual minorities (GSM) remain largely invisible in peacebuilding. Even in the international Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, which has become a significant entry point for addressing gender dynamics in peacebuilding, GSM rights, protection and participation are also inadequately addressed. The absence of established norms for and approaches to GSM inclusion means that it is incumbent on peacebuilders to think more intentionally about why and how GSM can be included.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Gender; Peace Processes

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Hausa)

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Hausa)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

By: Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.; Danielle Robertson

Daftarin da ke bada kulawa ga jinsi kundi ne da akayi nazari a tsanake wajen samar da shi da zai saukaka yadda za’a rika bada kulawa tare da amfani da al’amuran da suka shafi jinsi yayin tsara wani shiri ko aiki. Saboda aikin samar da zaman lafiya ya dogara da nazartan al’amarin da yake dubawa, daftarin da ke bada kulawa ga jinsi ya gabatar da hanyoyi uku na nazartan al’amuran da suka shafi jinsi-mata, zaman lafiya da tsaro; halaye da dabi’un maza na kwarai; da asali ko alamomi da suka hadu da juna-an samar da su da nufin fuskantar al’amuarn jinsi dan kyautata tsara shirye-shiryen jaddada zaman lafiya.

Type: Tools for Peacebuilding

Gender

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Dari)

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Dari)

Friday, May 21, 2021

By: Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.; Danielle Robertson

(Dari) The Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (GIFT) guide is an approachable and thorough tool that facilitates the integration of gender analysis into project design. Because peacebuilding work is context dependent, the GIFT puts forth three approaches to gender analysis – the Women, Peace and Security Approach; the Peaceful Masculinities Approach; and the Intersecting Identities Approach – that each illuminate the gender dynamics in a given environment to better shape peacebuilding projects.

Type: Tools for Peacebuilding

Gender

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Burmese)

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Burmese)

Monday, May 10, 2021

By: Danielle Robertson; Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.

အားလုံးပါဝင်မှုရှိသော ကျားမရေးရာ မူဘောင်နှင့် သဘောတရားလမ်းညွှန် (GIFT) သည် စီမံကိန်းဒီဇိုင်းများရေးဆွဲရာတွင် ကျားမရေးရာဆန်းစစ်လေ့လာမှုကို ထည့်သွင်းဆောင်ရွက်နိုင်ရန် ထောက်ပံ့ပေးသော၊ လုပ်ဆောင်ရလွယ်ကူပြီး စေ့စပ်သေချာသော စနစ်တစ်ခုဖြစ်ပါသည်။ ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေးတည်ဆောက်ခြင်းသည် အခြေအနေအပေါ် မူတည်နေသည့်အတွက် အမျိုးသမီး၊ ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေးနှင့် လုံခြုံရေးနည်းလမ်း၊ ငြိမ်းချမ်းသောဖိုဆန်သည့်နည်းလမ်း၊ ဝိသေသလက္ခဏာများကို ဆက်နွယ် ပိုင်းခြားသတ်မှတ်ခြင်းနည်းလမ်း စသည်ဖြင့် ကျားမဆန်းစစ်လေ့လာမှု ဆိုင်ရာ နည်းလမ်း (၃) မျိုးကို ဤလမ်းညွှန်တွင် ဖော်ပြထားပြီး ပိုမိုကောင်းမွန်သော ငြိမ်းချမ်းရေးတည်ဆောက်မှုစီမံကိန်းများကို ဖော်ဆောင်နိုင်ရန်အတွက် ပေးထား သော အခြေအနေပတ်ဝန်းကျင်တစ်ရပ်တွင် ကျားမရေးရာအခြေပြုတွန်းအားများကို ယင်းနည်းလမ်းတစ်ခုစီက ပိုမိုဖော်ဆောင်ပေးနိုင်သည်။

Type: Tools for Peacebuilding

Gender

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Swahili)

Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Swahili)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

By: Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.; Danielle Robertson

Mwongozo wa Nadharia na Mfumo wa Kujumuisha Jinsia Zote (GIFT) ni njia rahisi na zana ya kina inayowezesha kujumuisha uchambuzi wa kijinsia katika uundaji wa mradi. Kwa sababu kazi ya kudumisha amani inategemea muktadha, GIFT inaweka mbele njia tatu za uchambuzi wa kijinsia-mtazamo wa Wanawake, Amani na Usalama; mtazamo wa Uume wenye Amani; na mtazamo wa Utambulisho Ingiliani-ambazo zote zinaangizia mabadiliko ya kijinsia katika mazingira fulani ili kutengeneza vyema miradi ya kudumisha amani.

Type: Tools for Peacebuilding

Gender

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