Before joining the University of Texas, Katie conducted qualitative research in Argentina on the conversion of former clandestine centers of torture, detention and extermination (CCDTyEs), which were used during the last Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983), into sites of memory in the 21st century. She analyzed the process of this selection and the modes of conversion as providing a crucial vantage point through which to dissect the meanings of human rights in contemporary Argentina. She conducted interviews and participant observations in the cities of Buenos Aires, La Plata, Rosario and Córdoba, with the support of a Burnam Fellowship.
Following this work with sites of memory, she investigated how different human rights organizations, founded during the last Argentine dictatorship, have transformed their organizational objectives since that period and the consequences for organizational networks among such organizations in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This research was funded by a Maguire Fellowship.
She co-authored a pedagogical book chapter about teaching American students about memory and collective trauma in Argentina, entitled “Teaching to remember: Memorials of repression in Argentina and the impact on students.”