Grad Students

Alexis Rae



Contact Information

Email    acoopersmith@ucla.edu
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My research focuses on patterns of violence in war and armed conflict. I study the global phenomenon of violence against women in politics and the ways in which armed conflict influences female political representation in state legislatures.  My master's thesis examined backlash against female candidates in Kenya's 2017 election. 

Fields of Study

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

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

Degrees

M.A. Sociology, UCLA 2018

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