Past Recipients of Assistantships and Fellowships

2020-2021 Graduate Support

Ruwen Chang, Department of Gender and Women's Studies. The Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Ruwen Chang, a 3rd-year graduate student in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. The Judd Graduate Fellowship supported her year-long fieldwork in China from August 2020 to July 2021. This fieldwork offered primary data for her dissertation research. Ruwen studied the interlocking connections between violence against women and stratified reproduction in contemporary China. Through her research, she argues that stratified reproduction impacts violence against women through spirit murder, slow killing, and human trafficking. Her dissertation project can contribute to the scholarship and public policies on violence against women worldwide.

Jordyn Tipsword, Department of Psychology. The Mary Byron Assistantship was awarded to Jordyn Tipsword in the Department of Psychology. She was a first-year doctoral student in the Department’s Clinical Program with a research focus on the psychological impact of child sexual abuse in women. Her work supported by the Assistantship focused on how re-victimization and negative self-focused trauma-related emotional responses influence disordered eating behaviors among women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

Jessica Flores, Department of Psychology. Two Georgia Davis Powers Fellowships were bestowed in this academic year. First, to Jessica Flores. Jessica was a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. Her faculty advisor, Christal Badour, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Stress, Trauma, and Recovery Research Collaborative (STARRC). The research funded by the OPSVAW Powers Fellowship focused on development and testing of a culturally sensitive model of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual health in young adult Latina women.

Baylee Harrell, Department of Political Science. The second Powers Fellowship was awarded to Baylee Harrell who was a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science with a broad research interest in violence against civilians. Her funded project was entitled “Sexual Violence in the Shadows: Private Military Contractors and the Perpetration of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts.” Bailey’s faculty advisor, Julienne Haglund, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky.

 

 

2019-2020 Graduate Fellowships

Helen Kras, Department of Political Science. The Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is being awarded to Helen Kras in the Department of Political Science. Helen also received the Fellowship in its inaugural year in 2017. She is a year 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Political Science with a research focus on violence against women in Latin America. Her dissertation, which will be supported by the Fellowship, is entitled “The Political Consequences of Violence Against Women: How Victims and Non-Victims Form their Opinions about the Government.”

Victoria Beall, Department of Political Science.  The Mary Byron Fellowship is being awarded to Victoria Beall, a 4th year doctoral student in the Department of Political Science.  Her dissertation focuses on women’s legislative effectiveness and women’s representation in Latin America. In particular, she will address the evolution in how conservative female legislators advance legislation on violence against women in an effort to represent conservative female constituents.

 
 
2018-2019 Graduate Fellowships

Alex Brake, Department of Political Science.  Alex is a fourth-year doctoral student whose OPSVAW Fellowship will support work on his dissertation focused on post-traumatic stress symptoms and links with negative emotions and feelings of dirtiness or contamination following sexual assault.

Ashley Ruderman, Department of Gender and Women's Studies.  Ashley, a fourth-year doctoral student, is being supported with work on her dissertation focused on how American women's prisons initiated violent practices that became institutionalized in the broader prison industrial complex.  Her intersectional project shows homophobia's role in justifying state-sponsored violence and surveillance that victimize women regardless of thier sexuality.

Helen Kras, Department of Political Science. This is the first year the Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowshipship has been awarded and it will be given to support Helen with her work on the politicization of intimate partner violence and specifically how victims and non-victims form their opinions about government. 

 

2017/2018 Research Assistantship Awarded

Helen Kras, Department of Political Science.  The OPSVAW Research Assistantship supports Helen's project working under Dr. Abby Cordova seeking to understand the ways in which gendered violence shapes women's attitudes towards the government and their political engagement.

 

2017/2018 Graduate Fellowship

Alyssa Jones, Department of Psychology.  The Mary Byron Scholars Program is supporting Alyssa's study seeking to increase currently limited knowledge regarding the nature of general and trauma-related emotional experience and emotion regulation problems among women with intimate partner violence histories.

 

2016/2017 Research Assistantships Awarded

Alyssa Jones, Department of Psychology.  The Mary Byron Scholars Program is supporting Alyssa's work with Dr. Christal Badour on developing a comprehensive model of emotional experience and emotion regulation among female victims of interpersonal violence.

LaKeysha Singleton, College of Law: LaKeysha is employed within the OPSVAW as a Research Assistant to Executive Director Carol E. Jordan to assist with a research project related to the mandatory reporting of crime and abuse.

 

2016/2017 Graduate Fellowships Awarded

Steven Kaiser, Department of Political Science. The OPSVAW Graduate Fellowship supports Steven's work entitled Beyond Conventional Measures Endorsement of Intimate Partner Violence and Attitudes Toward Rape Victims.

 

2016 Supplemental Awards

Eteri Tsintsadze-Maass, Department of Political Science:  The OPSVAW Graduate Fellowship supports Etuni’s work on the association of democratic institutions and women’s rights, specifically including violence against women.

Sarah Beth Bell, Department of Psychology: The OPSVAW Research Assistantship supports Sarah Beth’s work on the use of the PR-A paradigm to study aggressive behavior.

 

2015/2016 Graduate Fellowships Awarded

Ellen Stone, Department of Psychology: The OPSVAW Graduate Fellowship supports Ellen's work on the role of sexualized stereotypes in sexual harassment, dating violence, and rape.

Dakota Thomas, Department of Political Science:  The OPSVAW Graduate Fellowship supports Dakota's international work on how women's suffrage affects trends in violence against women and broader trends of democratic instability.

Lisa Schroot, Department of English & the Department of Gender & Women's Studies: The OPSVAW Graduate Fellowships supports Lisa's work on rape culture in American literature and society.

 

2014/2015 Graduate Fellowships Awarded

Kathleen Clark, Department of Political Science:  The OPSVAW Graduate Fellowship supports Katie's work that examines how sexual violence during conflict (war) contributes to negative political outcomes on post-civil conflict society.

Kellie Lynch, Department of Psychology:  The Mary Byron Scholars stipend supports Kelly’s research program involving application of applied psychosocial theory to perceptions of rape and victim blaming.

Jenna Jewell, Department of Psychology:  The Mary Byron Scholars stipend supports Jenna’s research program on adolescents’ perceptions of gender-based teasing, bullying, and rejection within their middle school classrooms; and on the negative mental health outcomes that are a result of the victimization experienced by gender atypical adolescents.

 

2014/15 Graduate Research Assistantships Awarded

Molly Coffey, College of Law:  Molly was employed within the OPSVAW as a Research Assistant to Executive Director Carol E. Jordan during the summer and fall of 2014 to assist with projects on civil orders of protection and other legal topics.  

 

 

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