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Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. I completed my Ph.D. August 2021 in political science at Southern Illinois University. My research strand (1) develops new measures of non-violent resistance efficacy; and (2) analyzes the linkages between employment and wage grievance of skilled labor and the onset and outcomes of contentious politics within authoritarian settings. My main methodological areas are non-parametric IRT and SEM.

I held the Illinois Diversifying Higher Education Faculty fellowship from 2019-2021. In addition, I was a 2019-2020 Adam Smith fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. And in 2018-2019, I held the Humane Studies Fellowship sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies.

As a woman of color, I am dedicated to the diversification of political science, and the methods subfield in particular. My research Why Don’t Scholars of Color Attend Conferences examines the role of conference attendance as an additional source of “leakage” in the pipeline retaining and hiring faculty of color. Our forthcoming chapter “How to Conference” in Strategies for Navigating Graduate School and Beyond advises graduate students on how to maximize their conference experience.

I love teaching methods. Since 2019, I have served as a TA for ICPSR’s summer program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I participated in the 2018 Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Institute (Ann Arbor, MI) and was awarded the 2017 Garcia Award from the Society for Political Methodology as a ICPSR participant.

My teaching experience covers a variety of institutional and class formats, both internationally and domestically. I have served as a graduate instructor at Southern Illinois University, full-time faculty at City University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and currently teach both in-person and online for College of DuPage. 

I have supervisory, budgetary, and practitioner experience. I have five years of corporate management experience handling budgets, staffing, and working and supervising multiple teams. I interned with the US Department of State in Port au Prince, Haiti as well as the United Nations Association of the USA in NY, NY.