Grad Students

Alexis Coopersmith

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My research examines the political agency of marginalized groups in politically violent or volatile contexts. I am interested in the ways in which different forms of identity, particularly gender, inform individual's decisions to participate politically in high-risk environments.

Fields of Study

Political Sociology: War & Violence; Political Participation; African Studies; Gender

Grants and Awards

Charles F. Scott Fellowship, UCLA, 2017-2018

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA, 2017

Charles F. Scott Fellowship, UCLA, 2016-2017

Nancy "Penny" Schwartz Award for Africanist Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, 2014

William Denman Scholarship, UCSD, 2013-2014


Aliza Luft


B.A. International Studies- Political Science, UC San Diego, 2014