Kaden Paulson-Smith

Ph.D. Candidate: Comparative Politics | Political Theory



Research Interests:

African politics, gender and sexuality, political repression, coloniality, Feminist Theory


Kaden Paulson-Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science specializing in comparative politics and political theory.  Kaden’s research is on the politics of repression and resistance with a focus on nonnormative gender and sexuality in African contexts.  Kaden previously worked for Teaching, Research, & International Policy and AidData at the College of William & Mary’s Global Research Institute.  Kaden holds a BA in Government from Smith College.



2018 Jordan Prize for the year’s best graduate paper on Africa: “(Re)creating the Nation through Marginalizing Nonnormative Gender and Sexuality: Contemporary Discourse from Tanzania (2011-2017),” awarded by the African Studies Program

Dissertation committee

Aili Mari Tripp; Erica Simmons; Scott Straus; Annie Menzel