Abby Córdova is an associate professor of political science at the University of Kentucky (UK) whose research integrates topics related to crime, violence, gender and economic inequality, and international migration. Her work uses experimental and non-experimental research designs, as well as advanced statistical methods. 

While at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies as a fall 2019 visiting fellow, she will work on a book project that examines violence against women and political participation in contexts of criminal violence in developing countries. In it, she argues that when non-stated armed groups wield territorial control, women are more vulnerable to gendered violence in and outside the home and are less likely to engage in politics. 

Córdova, a spring 2019 guest scholar at Kellogg, was the 2016-2017 Central American Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She has also been a Fulbright scholar and worked as a consultant for The World Bank’s Poverty and Gender section for Latin America and the Caribbean. More recently, she served as the principal investigator of a project funded by USAID that developed a methodology to measure community resilience in contexts of high crime. That methodology is now being used to measure the impact of USAID crime prevention programs in Guatemala. At UK, Córdova previously served as director of the Women in Political Science and Diversity and Inclusivity initiatives and received the College of Arts & Science 2018-2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Córdova has been published in numerous academic journals, and in 2017 received the Midwest Political Science Association’s Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for best paper on women and politics. 

She earned two master’s degrees and a PhD at Vanderbilt University, where she held a post-doctoral position as the lead researcher of the Central America Regional Security Initiative study by the Latin American Public Opinion Project.


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