Gabriela Rangel

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • Political Science
1613 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

M.A. in Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2015.
B.A. in Economics and International Studies, Ole Miss, 2012 (Summa Cum Laude).


I am a fifth year Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Kentucky majoring in Comparative Politics with a strong focus on the Latin American region. At the core of my research is an interest in electoral institutions — more specifically, voting systems — and the consequences of institutional design for citizen behavior and the behavior of other political actors. My dissertation examines how mandatory voting laws influence the ways in which citizens and political elites understand and perceive political participation, and how those perceptions in turn translate into political behavior (i.e. participation patterns, political campaigning). My research has been published at peer-reviewed journals, including Comparative Political Studies and the Election Law Journal

I have taught several political science classes to undergraduate students at UK, including PS 210 (Intro to Comparative Politics), PS 235 (World Politics), and PS 372 (Intro to Political Analysis). I have also been associated with the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Department, teaching LAS 201 (Intro to Latin America) during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Graduate Training

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) - Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, University of Michigan, 2014.

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