Kelly Morrison

Kelly Morrison is a Ph.D. candidate in political science with specializations in international relations and comparative politics. Her research investigates two broad questions: (1) how do democratic institutions constrain and facilitate human rights violations and conflict; and (2) how can international organizations mitigate the threat of state repression? She use a variety of methods to answer these questions, including cross-national statistical analysis, survey experiments, and text analysis. Before joining Pitt's graduate program, Kelly graduated from Lee University with degrees in political science and Spanish.

Education & Training

  • MA, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2018
  • BA, Political Science, Lee University, 2016
  • BA, Spanish, Lee University, 2016

Research Interests

state repression, human rights, civil conflict, democratic institutions 


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