Katalin Downing

Katalin Downing

Adjunct Lecturer
Room number and address: 
9.65.35 NB


  • MA, CUNY/John Jay College, 2017
  • BA, Dickinson College, 2001
  • ERASMUS, Institut d'études politiques de Toulouse (Sciences Po), 1999 to 2000
  • ERASMUS, L'institut supérieur des arts, 1999 to 2000


Katalin Downing is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. 

A native of Hungary, Mrs. Downing has a BA from Dickinson College, where she double majored in International Studies and Political Science and minored in French.  Her undergraduate studies included a year as an ERASMUS student at the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) and L'institut supérieur des arts in Toulouse, France.  Mrs. Downing holds an MA in International Crime and Justice from CUNY/John Jay College, where she specialized in counterterrorism and human rights. 

Mrs. Downing worked in the private sector before joining the United Nations in 2007, where she has served in production editing, peacekeeping, administration and finance.  Mrs. Downing was selected for the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) in 2011 and was posted at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) as her initial YPP assignment.  She currently serves as a Finance Officer at Headquarters.

JJC Affiliations


Course Taught

Current courses :  POL322 - International Organizations (Spring)

Previous courses:  POL320 - International Human Rights (Fall)

Languages spoken/fluent in

English, French

Research Summary

Research interests include the United Nations, international law, human rights, Responsibility to Protect (R2P), peacekeeping and post-conflict/fragile states.

Graduate work included an independent study with Dr. George Andreopoulos on The Kigali Principles and the Operationalization of R2P in the Peacekeeping Context

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Human Rights
Terrorism & Violent Extremism

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • Africa, including MENA and the African Union
  • Europe, including the European Union
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • United Nations
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