Katharine M. R. Beamer

National Security Affairs Fellow

Katharine M. R. Beamer, representing the U.S. Department of State, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2021–22 at the Hoover Institution.

Katharine Beamer was born and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from Stanford University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Sociology.  Katharine joined the Foreign Service in 2001 and has served overseas in U.S. Embassies in Guatemala, Poland, Slovakia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, as well as two tours in Washington. 

In Guatemala, Katharine worked primarily as the Human Rights Officer on the nascent effort to establish the UN International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG).  In Poland and Slovakia, Katharine worked as a political officer and followed themes such as ethnic tension, rising extremism, trafficking in persons, rule of law, and judicial integrity.  In Bolivia, Katharine served as the Deputy Counselor of the Political, Economic, and Commercial Section, where she prioritized expanding commercial relations between the United States and Bolivia.  In Dominican Republic, Katharine served as the Political and Economic Counselor, managing relations with the Dominican government and private sector during the 2018 Dominican Republic’s flip of diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, the 2020 national presidential and legislative elections, and the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In Washington, Katharine worked in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the offices of Brazil and Southern Cone Affairs on Paraguay and Uruguay, and in Caribbean Affairs on Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and the Eastern Caribbean.  She was also selected to be a State Department Pearson Fellow and served as a Foreign Policy Advisor in the office of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) from 2011-2012, during which time she worked on passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Pub. L. 112-208), which provides the State and Treasury Departments with tools to combat corruption and human rights violations overseas.  

Katharine is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  She has received three individual Superior Honor Awards and several individual and group Meritorious Honor Awards for her service over the course of her career.  She enjoys travel, politics, food, and wine.  She also is an avid reader and enjoys spending time outdoors.  Katharine’s husband, Chase Beamer, is also a diplomat and a former Hoover Fellow, and they are the proud parents of twin boys, Luke and Read. 


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International Women's Day @ The Hoover Institution | Notes From The U.S. State Department

interview with Katharine M. R. Beamer, Jendayi Frazer, Condoleezza Rice, Kiron K. Skinner, Jacquelyn Schneidervia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

To celebrate International Women’s Day, please join us for a conversation with Katharine BeamerJendayi FrazerCondoleezza Rice, and Kiron Skinner on March 8 from 3:00 - 4:30PM PT. Moderated by Jacquelyn Schneider, the group will discuss their experiences when working at the State Department and their roles in affecting change in America’s foreign policy through diplomacy and advocacy on the national and global stage. We celebrate the women who increasingly influence and shape the priorities, rules, and assessments of U.S. foreign policymaking.

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Renewing Magnitsky: The Best Weapon Against An Emerging Security Threat

by Katharine M. R. Beamervia The Hill
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

It’s been more than three years since a paid hit man assassinated Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé in February 2018. Kuciak was only 27 and had been investigating the Slovak government’s ties to organized crime when he was gunned down in his home. I didn’t know him but, during my time as an American diplomat in Slovakia (2008-2011), I knew many brave journalists like him, as well as the powerful forces he was up against in his struggle to expose the corruption that threatened Slovakia’s nascent democratic institutions.