Helen Kras

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  • Ph.D. Candidate, Teaching Assistant
  • Political Science
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Research Interests:
B.A., Western Michigan University, major: Political Science & History,
M.A., Western Michigan University, Political Science, International Development Administration
I am a fourth 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, particularly on the effect of gendered violence on survivors' political behavior. In addition, my current research explores the effect of state action on violence against women on citizens' political judgments, including trust and confidence in government and its representatives (e.g., police). My research also explores how the news media reports stories on violence against women. 
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 Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW). 


Selected Publications: 

Córdova, Abby, and Helen Kras. (2019). Addressing Violence Against Women: The Effects of Women’s Police Stations on Police Legitimacy. Comparative Political Studies. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414019879959

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