Adjunct Professor - African Studies Program (AFSP)
Dr. Kris Inman earned her doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis and is an adjunct faculty member in the African Studies Program at Georgetown. Dr. Inman currently serves as the Senior Technical Advisor of Research, Evidence, and Influence at Catholic Relief Services, where she helps the organization advance its global 2030 Strategy and achieve its vision of transformational change in the areas of social cohesion and justice; building safe and dignified homes and communities; creating flourishing landscapes and livelihoods; malaria prevention; strengthening families for thriving children; and youth employment and leadership. She supports CRS's 2030 Strategy by developing its global capacity to ethically and sustainably scale international development and humanitarian responses.
Prior to joining CRS, Dr. Inman was the Chief of Party for USAID West Africa's Peace through Evaluation, Learning, and Adapting project based in Ghana (2018-2020) and before that, she was the Senior Technical Advisor for USAID's Middle East Bureau's Countering Violent Extremism, MENA project based in Washington DC (2016-2018). Before moving to the development side of countering violent extremism, Dr. Inman spent 7 years working for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community as a counterterrorism and Africa researcher, including a deployment to Afghanistan as lead counter threat finance analyst in Kandahar (2012) and founding and directing the Africa Research Initiative at the National Intelligence University (2013-2016).
Trained as a political psychologist and methodologist, Dr. Inman has over 17 years of experience working on critical topics in Africa. She specializes in democratization, political economy and development, conflict resolution, and counter terrorism/countering violent extremism. In addition, she has more than 12 years of expertise directing research using both data science and mixed-methods and translating data analysis into actionable governmental policies and programming.