About Me


Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Fellow with the International Security Program and the Nonviolent Action Lab at Harvard 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.

My research examines the political economic roots and consequences of mass movements. International business trends trigger micro-economic employment behavior that contributes to domestic conflict processes. My working book manuscript examines employment grievance driven by stagnating demand for skilled labor. Compared to less educated labor groups, unemployment and underemployment have sharply increased in many developing countries for skilled labor. Compensatory behavior, where skilled labor accept lower credentialed and waged positions produces intense competition for positions typically filled by semi-skilled labor. Authoritarian regimes which experienced education bulges were both more likely to experience mass protest onset, as well as see those protests succeed.

My broader research addresses mass movement intensity levels and tactics. Kiela Crabtree and my Social Science Quarterly article, “Reclaiming the Public Space”, positions public monument removal as a new novel resistance tactic in the American repertoire. My working paper “A Win or a Flop? Measuring Protest Outcomes in Authoritarian Settings” offers a new measure of nonviolent protest efficacy.

  • The Mass Protest Index (MPI) scores protests in repressive regimes on campaign accomplishments and costs. See my polmeth poster here. This ongoing project gathers and measures political and economic protest indicators (beneficial and detrimental) across four sub-areas: civil liberties, authority, financial and economics.
  • In my Clothing and Crowd Counting project, I use image recognition to estimate protest crowd count data.

I founded @PerishorPublish and serve on the executive board.

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.

My public scholarship can be found at Duck of Minerva and the Globe Post.

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.

Thank you for visiting my page and please feel free to contact me at kimberlyturner@hks.harvard.edu.