Katie Degendorfer holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Toronto. During her BA studies, Degendorfer worked as a research student for Prof. Elisabeth King, assisting in the research and editing of King’s book on education in Rwanda. Degendorfer has also travelled to Kenya and Kosovo to do research on post-conflict education and peacebuilding.
After completing her BA, Degendorfer worked as an independent contractor for Innovations for Poverty Action and New York University on a cross-national qualitative study focused on understanding youth aspirations for education and life in Kenya and Pakistan. In 2015, before joining Open AIR, Degendorfer worked for a criminal defence law firm in Toronto.