Karin Wachter

Karin Wachter

Karin Wachter joined The University of Texas at Austin in August, 2012 as a project director with the Institute of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) and a social work doctoral student. Before moving to Austin, Karin spent 10 years working with the International Rescue Committee as a humanitarian aid worker and senior technical advisor focused on violence against women and girls in war and displacement, primarily in African contexts.

Karin co-led the IDVSA study The Continuity of Risk: A three-city study of Congolese women-at-risk resettled in the U.S., and is currently involved in two research initiatives at IDVSA: Health and Well-Being: Statewide Sexual Assault Prevalence Study and Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE). Her expertise includes intervention design, logic models, and program monitoring and evaluation. Karin’s current research includes a focus on women’s experiences with social support in forced migration. At present, her teaching focuses on (1) research methods, and (2) forced migration and social work practice.


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Forced migration; social support; violence against women; feminist and post-colonial theories.


  • MEd, University of Massachusetts
  • BA, University of Michigan





Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358