Faculty Experts - Catherine Warrick, Ph.D.

Catherine Warrick, Ph.D.

Catherine Warrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Political Science

Area of Expertise:

  • Middle East Politics and Law
  • Islamic Law
  • Arab World
  • British Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • Civil Liberties


Dr. Warrick has conducted extensive research on Middle East legal systems and political structures. She has spent time in Amman, Jordan, while on several academic fellowships and was the recent recipient of a National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Program research grant for a project on Islamic law. Warick has also completed research in the UK and is at home speaking about the politics of Great Britian. She also specializes in the broader field of gender equality and civil rights issues. In addition to her academic endeavors, Warrick occasionally serves as an expert witness in asylum cases involving Arab refugees and has testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the subject of honor crimes.


  • Ph.D., Georgetown University
  • M.A., University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications

  • Warrick, Catherine, Law in the Service of Legitimacy: Gender and Politics in Jordan. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing (2009).
  • Warrick, Catherine, "The Vanishing Victim: Criminal Law and Gender in Jordan," Law and Society Review 39:2 (June 2005), pp. 315-348.
  • "Gender Equality versus Minority Inclusion: The Political Dilemma of Religious Arbitration," American Political Science Association Conference, August 2009.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Recipient of a National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Program research grant for a project on Islamic law in Western democracies.
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellow, doctoral dissertation research in Jordan.
  • Reviewer for Woodrow Wilson Center/RAND project on Middle East law.
  • Visiting assistant professor, Department of Government, at American University
  • Adjunct faculty, George Washington University

Selected Research

National Science Foundation grant for research on Islamic law in Western democracies, 2009-2010. Fullbright-Hays Fellowship for Doctoral Research Abroad, 1998-99, Amman, Jordan. USIA-American Center of Oriental Research Fellowship for dissertation research in Amman, Jordan, 10/97-4/98.

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