Katherine (Kaki) Elgin

Bogle Hall

Hi, everyone! My name is “Kaki,” pronounced like the pants. There’s a good story for that nickname that involves my parents worrying that my preschool teacher gave them the wrong child – ask me about it! I am a security studies Ph.D. student in the Woodrow Wilson School, which essentially means I spend most of my time thinking about war. In particular, I work on signaling, civil-military relations, and Central Asia and Russia. I am extremely happy to have returned both to Princeton, where I got my A.B. in 2013, and to Butler in particular, where I was an RCA. Between my undergraduate years and the commencement of my graduate studies, I worked at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. doing foreign policy research and wearing more orange than perhaps acceptable. Outside of my work, I am an avid tennis player, French horn player, photographer, traveler, and dog lover.