My Name is Kimberly Frugé and I am currently in my fifth year as a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. My primary fields of interest are International Relations and Comparative Politics. More specifically, I am interested in studying Human Rights, Political Violence, Institutions, and Research Methods.

In my dissertation, I  explore the question of when and why governments use repression. More specifically, I examine the relationship between the government’s sources of income and the state’s level of repression. I argue that it is not only important to look at the different sources of government revenue but also consider the preferences of each actor in order to understand how the government revenue influences human rights. For instances, the relationship between taxes and government repression is moderated by citizens preferences of human rights. In instances where citizens support some repression, taxes play a smaller role in improving human rights than in countries where citizens support respect for human rights.

Before starting the Ph. D. Program at Florida State University, I received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Political Science from Stephen F. Austin State University.