Claudia Granillo is a junior at the University of Nebraska in Omaha (UNO). She is a political science major with a concentration in foreign and national security affairs and a minor in history. Claudia is a 2013 Susan T. Buffett Scholarship recipient. Her interests include questions regarding the recruitment of young women into terrorist organizations, the effects of U.S. foreign policy, and the role gender and ethnicity play in political participation within the U.S. Claudia has been accepted into the 4+1 Political Science Program at UNO. This program will allow her to pursue her MS in political science while she is still completing her undergraduate degree. During her free time Claudia enjoys volunteering at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School.
As a first-generation Latina college student, Nicauris Rosario Heredia is a junior double-major in political science and public administration at Rhode Island College. She currently serves as the president of Pi Sigma Alpha at Rhode Island College, and is the research assistant of Professor Robyn Linde. She is also actively involved in the Political Science Club and Student Community Government. Her research interests revolve around issues of race and ethnicity in the global south, Latino political participation, human rights, immigration and international relations. Her current honors thesis/research seeks to explain how the government of the Dominican Republic is reconstructing race in order to deny citizenship to Haitians. Upon graduating from college, Nicauris plans to enter into a political science graduate program in the field of international relations.
Jasmine C. Jackson is a rising Senior Political Science Major at Jackson State University. A Dean’s List scholar, her research interests focuses on controversial political issues that plague minority communities and the effect these issues have on societal placement. Last summer, Jasmine had the privilege of working with Dr. Geoff Ward at the University of California at Irvine on a research that examines historical racial violence. She has vast research experience and has presented at the various conferences, such as, the Pi Sigma Alpha Student conference, the Southern Political Science Association conference in Puerto Rico, and the University of Michigan’s Emerging Scholars Conference. In the future, she hopes to earn a Doctoral degree in Political Science and teach on the collegiate level.
Renzo Olivari is a junior at James Madison University, graduating in May 2017. He is a double major in political science and history, with a minor in political communications. In the 2015-2016 academic year, he was a fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where he researched minorities’ representation in Congress. He also has worked for numerous political campaigns, following his interests in voter mobilization. His research interests include
minorities’ interactions with the political system, as well as campaigning tactics and voter turnout. He plans on attending graduate school to study political science.
The American Political Science Association Member of the Month program recognizes and highlights member achievements and professional milestones. It is a celebration and appreciation of the outstanding contributions our members make to the community through their scholarship and teaching, championship of the profession, and support of APSA and its programs.
The APSA Member of the Month program recognizes one member each month. Nominations for the award (including self-nominations) may be submitted by members and nonmembers of APSA using the form available here: www.apsanet.org/motm
- Individuals must be a current member of APSA (all member types are eligible).
- Individuals must have been a member of APSA at least one year.
- Individuals may only be eligible to receive recognition once per calendar year.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to: APSA Membership, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Forms submitted after the 15th of each month will be considered for the following month.
Maryam Sarhan is a student at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey majoring in political science with minors in international studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Maryam serves as the student trustee on the Board of Trustees, and has been recently elected to serve as the student senate president. She has received a Stockton Board of Trustees Fellowship for Distinguished Students to conduct civic engagement research while attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this upcoming July. An outspoken advocate for human rights and social justice, she is an active member of Amnesty International of South Jersey as well as Stockton’s Model United Nations team where she represents Stockton nationally and internationally. Maryam teaches and mentors underprivileged students in her local community, and advocates on behalf of the women and girls of Atlantic County on Atlantic County’s Advisory Commission on Women. She plans to pursue a career in International Relations with the United Nations.
Danielle Russell is a third year student at the University of Connecticut and majors in political science. Recently, Danielle has been conducting research on black conservatives, their experiences and how they are received in the black community. Her research interests include cultural diversity and race relations within the United States. After graduating, Danielle plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science and teach at the collegiate level.
Akua Yamoah, a first generation Ghanaian American born and raised in Florida, majored in Women’s & Gender Studies and International Studies at the University of South Florida. During her time in college, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and President of Triota Honor Society her senior year. Her love for learning about new cultures and traveling the world led her to do an internship in D.C. for a semester and a summer abroad in Costa Rica. Upon graduation, she plans to give back to her country by participating in AmeriCorps then attending graduate school in Fall 2017 for political science and public policy.