Helen Kras

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  • Ph.D. Student, Teaching Assistant
  • Political Science
1618 Patterson Tower
Research Interests:
B.A., Western Michigan University, major: Political Science & History
M.A., Western Michigan University, Political Science, International Development Administration
I am a third year Ph.D. student with a focus on comparative politics and international relations. My broader research agenda explores public opinion and political behavior in Latin America. My current research focuses on violence against women in Brazil, particularly on the effect of gendered violence on survivors' political behavior. In addition, my current research explores the effect of laws and state provided institutions for survivors on victims's perceptions of institutional legitimacy as well as bystander intervention. 
Before I attended UK's Political Science Ph.D. program, I worked at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit, global leadership organization. 
I am currently the recipient of the Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship through the the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW). 


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