Department of Sociology

Kristopher Velasco

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Kristopher Velasco



Social Movements, Political Sociology, Transnationalism, Globalization, Sexualities, Quantitative Methods


Kristopher is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Kristopher's research is primarily concerned with the role of civil society organizations within social movements, transnational governance, and ameliorating social inequalities.

Kristopher’s Master’s thesis, which was awarded 2017 Best Graduate Student Paper from the Human Rights Section of the American Sociological Association and Honorable Mention from the Global and Transnational Section, investigates the role of human rights INGOs and LGBT INGOs in the diffusion of LGBT-related policies from 1991-2015. This project highlights that despite the discursive link between LGBT rights and human rights, when it comes to advancing policy, targeted institutions like LGBT INGOs are necessary.

Additionally, Kristopher has worked closely with Dr. Pamela Paxton to assess the impact of non-profit organizations on various community outcomes within the U.S.

Currently, Kristopher is developing two original datasets to help unpack the civic and political state of LGBT communities across the globe. The first is a comprehensive database of all LGBT-oriented non-profit organizations within each country. The second is an expansion of his LGBT Policy Index which captures the varying degrees to which states enforce key policies of interest to LGBT communities. Additionally, he looking into how foreign aid dollars shape state governance of LGBT communities, particularly within the Global South. 

See his personal website to the right for more information.

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