Grad Students

Alexis Rae



Contact Information

Email    acoopersmith@ucla.edu
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My research centers around women, politics, and violence. I study the global phenomenon of violence against women in politics and how armed conflict influences female political representation in state legislatures post-conflict.  My master's thesis examines backlash against female candidates in Kenya's 2017 election. 

Fields of Study

Political Sociology; Comparative-Historical Sociology; War & Armed Conflict; Elections; Gender

Publications

In Preparation

Rae, Alexis. Between Resistance & Representation: Backlash Against Female Candidates in Kenya’s 2017 Election.

Book Reviews

2020 Rae, Alexis. Review of Women Fight, Women Write: Texts on the Algerian War, by Mildred Mortimer. Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. 41:2.

Public Sociology

2017 Coopersmith, Alexis R. “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Contradictory Progress of Gender Representation in Kenya.” Article published in Political Violence at a Glance.

2014 Coopersmith, Alexis R. “The Abuse of Entrusted Power: Combating Corruption in Nigeria.” Article published in Prospect Journal of International Affairs .

2014 Coopersmith, Alexis R. “African Democracy in a Post-Mandela World.” Article published in Prospect Journal of International Affairs .

2013 Coopersmith, Alexis R. “Combating the Ivory Trade.” Article published in Prospect Journal of

International Affairs .

2013 Coopersmith, Alexis R. “Corrective Rape: The Unspeakable Cost of Being a Homosexual in Africa.” Article published in Prospect Journal of International Affairs .

2013 Coopersmith, Alexis R. “Teachers Leave Classrooms on Strike in South Africa.” Article published in Prospect Journal of International Affairs .

Grants and Awards

2020 Doctoral Fellowship, Gender Equality & Anti-Discrimination Research, WORLD Policy

Analysis Center, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

2016-2020 Charles F. Scott Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division

2018 Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA Graduate Division (with Kevan Harris)

2017 Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA Graduate Division (with Aliza Luft)

2016-2017 Graduate Student Fellowship, UCLA Department of Sociology

2013-2014 William Denman Scholarship, UCSD Undergraduate Division

2012-2014 Blue and Gold Opportunity Scholarship, University of California

2009-2012 California College Promise Grant, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Advisors

Aliza Luft & Victor Agadjanian (Co-Chairs)

Natasha Quadlin

Marie Berry

Degrees

M.A. Sociology, UCLA 2018

B.A. International Affairs– Political Science, UCSD 2014