Kate Tennis

Kate Hannah Tennis

Teaching Associate Professor; Director, Honors Program

Professional Biography

Kate is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Korbel School of International Studies. Her research interests include border security, migration and mobility, and transnational security cooperation. She teaches courses at DU on topics surrounding development and human security.

She is also the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Scholarship and Honors, where she directs the University Honors program and oversees programming to support all undergraduate students accessing opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative activities.


  • Ph.D., International Relations, American University, 2017
  • MA, International Relations and Diplomacy, Leiden University, 2010
  • BA, International Development Studies, McGill University, 2007

Media Sources

Featured Publications

Tennis, K. H. (2020). Outsourcing Control: The Politics of International Migration Cooperation. Montreal, QB: McGill-Queens University Press.
Tennis, K. H., Norman, K. P., & Kent, J. (2020). Changing Motivations or Capabilities? Migration Deterrence in the Global Context. International Studies Review, 22(4).
Tennis, K. H., & Robinson, R. S. (2020). Where Do Population Policies Come From? Copying in African Fertility and Refugee Policies. Population Research and Policy Review, 39.


  • 2019 Faculty Career Champion, University of Denver, Career & Professional Development