Katie Angell

  • Ph.D. Student, Teaching Assistant
  • Political Science
1606 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
  • Latin American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Ethnic Politics
  • Public Opinion
  • Indigenous Rights and Social Movements in Latin America 



B.A. in Political Science (Minors in International Relations and Spanish), The University of North Carolina- Wilmington, 2011. 

M.A. in Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2013.


Katie Angell is a Ph.D. Student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Kentucky majoring in Comparative Politics with a strong focus on the Latin American region. Her research interests lie in the field of ethnic politics and in the study of indigenous social movements in Central America. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the effects that violence, ethnic discrimination, and political repression play in reinforcing the fragmentation of indigenous social movements and political parties. 

Prior to starting her doctoral work at the University of Kentucky, Katie earned her MA in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Katie had the opportunity to take advanced coursework in the indigenous language K'iche' Maya and earned a Fellowship for Language and Area Studies (FLAS) that allowed her to travel extensively throughout Guatemala to advance her knowledge in the language. Throughout her travels and language training, Katie connected with many indigenous communities in Guatemala and widened her network of connections. She hopes to further explore the complexities of ethnic politics in Latin America and to further examine indigenous social movements from a comparative perspective.


Fall 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00-2:00pm, or by appointment.

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