Alexis Rae

Alexis Rae

Graduate Student

Email: acoopersmith@ucla.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Biography

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.

Degrees

  • M.A. Sociology, UCLA 2018
  • B.A. International Affairs– Political Science, UCSD 2014

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 .

Awards & Grants

  • 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