Katalin Downing

Katalin Downing

Adjunct Lecturer
Room number and address: 
9.65.35 NB / 524 West 59th Street New York NY 10019


  • 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 et du design (isdaT), 1999 to 2000


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

A native of Hungary, Ms. 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 et du design (isdaT) in Toulouse, France.  Ms. Downing holds an MA in International Crime and Justice from CUNY/John Jay College, where she specialized in counterterrorism and human rights. 

Ms. Downing worked in the private sector before joining the United Nations in 2007, where she has served in production editing, peacekeeping, administration and finance.  Ms. 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 Team Lead (ad interim) in the Department of Operational Support at Headquarters.  

Ms. Downing teaches as an Adjunct in her personal capacity as an academic Subject Matter Expert (Political Science/IR/Human Rights), which is separate and distinct from her professional Subject Matter Expertise as well as subject to exigencies of service and authorization for external activities granted by the Organization.



JJC Affiliations


Course Taught

Current courses :  POL320 - International Human Rights (Fall)

Previous courses:  POL322 - International Organizations (Spring)


Languages spoken/fluent in

English, French (Fluent); Hungarian, Italian, Kiswahili (Basic)

Research Summary

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

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
In The Media
Online Presence