Victoria Beall

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  • Ph.D. Student
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Political Science
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B.A. International Relations, The University of Georgia, 2016.


I am a fifth year Ph.D. Student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Kentucky studying Political Science with a major focus in Comparative Politics and a minor in International Relations.

Before beginning my doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky, I was a participant of the Richard B. Russel Security Leadership Program in the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georiga where I focused on CBRN security and international trade generally. I also worked with Dr. Igor Khripunov on projects concerning nuclear security culture design and implementation during my time in the program.

My research broadly focuses on the experiences of women in peacekeeping operations and the ways through which gender influences the conflict and post-conflict landscape. I am interested in how women's unique gender identity affects several specific conflict related outcomes: overall levels of violence, violence targeting civilians, conflict related instances of sexual and other gender-based forms of violence, and the overall status of women in local communities. My research also explores the way variation in women peacekeepers influences these outcomes. I investigate these questions at the subnational level rather than the aggregate level. 

I have presented my work at regional and international conferences. My recent publications can be found in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Women, Politics & Policy and PS: Political Science.

I have been a Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate course PS 101: Introduction to American Governemnt in the Fall 2016 and the Spring 2017 semester. During the Fall 2017 semester, I was a teaching assistant for PS 210 Introduction to Comparative Politics. I served as a primary instructor for PS 101 Introduction to American Government during the Spring 2018 semester, PS 372 Introduction to Political Analysis during the Fall 2018 semester, and PS 210 Introduction to Comparative Politics during the Spring 2019 Semester. 

Currently, I am a Mary Byron research fellow supported by the OPSVAW for the 2019-2020 Academic year. 

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