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Kari Waters

Kari Waters

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Kari Waters

Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science Department



Kari Waters grew up moving every few years, but ended up attending and graduating high school in Austin, Texas. She got her B.S. in Physiology and Developmental Biology, but realized after working in a lab that it was not the career for her. She got her Masters in Social Science a few years ago from Syracuse University, and is excited to be returning for her PhD. Her research interests include poverty policy, particularly how they impact women and children, as well as issues surrounding developing nations. In her free time, she loves to read, paddle board, and wrangle her chickens. 

Research Interests

Democratic Backsliding, International Organizations, Political Economy, Eastern Europe, Latin America 

Political Science Department
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