Dakota Thomas

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Political Science
Room 1602 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Office Hours

Spring 2017 - Tuesday, 3:30PM to 5:00PM


M.A. in Political Science, University of Kentucky (2016)

B.A. in Political Science, University of Virginia's College at Wise (2013)

B.S. in Psychology, University of Virginia's College at Wise (2013)


I am a fourth year Graduate Student majoring in the field of Comparative Politics at the University of Kentucky.  My research is focused primarily on women's political participation, especially in the context of women's protests and women's suffrage.  His dissertation examines the links between women's protests and state repression in the Latin American context, showing that repression itself is a gendered phenomena and that women can have additional space for dissent in some repressive contexts, relative to men.

I was previously awarded a grant from the Office of Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) to facilitate summer research on the topic of gendered political institutions and their consequences for democracy.

My research interests include gender and politics, political participation and women's protests, and political institutions.

Currently, I am serving as president of the political science department's graduate student council.

I have served as a Teaching Assistant for PS101 (American) with both Dr. Rick Waterman and Dr. Steve Voss, and PS210 (Comparative) with Dr. Tiffany Barnes and on his own, and will be serving as primary instructor for PS101 (American) in Fall of 2016.

Before attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky, I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Virginia's College at Wise in May of 2013. 


Gender and politics, political institutions, and political participation (particularly protests).

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