Karin Wachter

Karin Wachter

Karin Wachter joined the University of Texas in August, 2012 as a Project Director at the University of Texas Institute of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) and to pursue a doctoral degree in social work. Before moving to Austin, Karin spent 10 years working with the International Rescue Committee as a humanitarian aid worker and senior technical advisor focusing on violence against women and girls in war zones, primarily in Africa. Her expertise includes intervention design, logic models, and program monitoring and evaluation. Karin’s current interests include researching Congolese refugee women’s experiences pre- and post-resettlement to the United States, in order to inform refugee resettlement policy and practice.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

International social work, primarily in Africa and humanitarian settings. Violence against women and girls. Women’s empowerment.


  • MEd, University of Massachusetts
  • BA, University of Michigan
  • Social Science and Drama, University of Ghana

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Mailing Address

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