Dakota Thomas

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

Spring 2018 - Thursday, 1:00-4:00 PM or by appointment.


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)


Dakota Thomas is a PhD candidate majoring in the field of Comparative Politics at the University of Kentucky. 

His research is focused primarily on women's political participation, especially women's protests, with a secondary focus on 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, especially relative to men.  My secondary research program looks at women's suffrage in Switzerland (where women did not receive the right to vote until 1971), utilizing unique data at the individual and canton level to examine the determinants of timing for women's suffrage. 

Last summer, I received a Coleman Award to fund summer research on the topic of women's protests.  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.

Currently, I am serving as the Teaching Assistant for our graduate statistics sequence (PS 572 and PS 672).  I have served as the primary instructor for American Politics and Comparative Politics multiple times during my time at UK.  Previously, I served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Rick Waterman and Dr. Steve Voss for our American Politics course, and as a teaching assistant for Dr. Tiffany Barnes for our Comparative Politics course. 

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. 

Research Interests

Gender, Women and Politics, Political Institutions, and Political Participation (Protests).

Selected Publications: 

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