The fund’s primary goal is to encourage and support the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latina/o political scientists (especially students and tenure track junior faculty); our secondary goal is to support research on Latino politics in the United States (especially students and tenure track junior faculty). Grants will be made to individuals, institutions, and projects whose purposes most clearly match the goals of the fund, and whose proposals most persuasively demonstrate capacity for successful completion. The Fund for Latino Scholarship is an APSA Centennial Center Research Grant.
Michael Strawbridge, Beloit College
Michael Strawbridge is a junior at Beloit College double majoring in political science and media studies. Michael currently serves as the vice president of the Alpha Zeta chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity and as vice president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. His other activities include being on the football team and track and field team. As a McNair scholar, he researched the progress made in Ferguson, MO since 2014, assessing the city’s progress and challenges in enacting reforms moving forward. Michael’s research interests include American politics, elections, criminal justice and police Reform. Once he completes his undergraduate studies, Michael plans to pursue a doctoral degree in political science and teach at the collegiate level. Aside from teaching Michael also plans to run for office
Vanessa A. Navarro Rodriguez, Cornell University
Vanessa A. Navarro Rodriguez is a senior studying government at Cornell University and is interested in American politics and its effects on marginalized communities. She has spent over two years working with Dr. Jamila Michener, in Cornell’s government department, on various projects like researching federal laws regarding civil legal aid and conducting a policy analysis for the city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Following her research on civil legal aid, Vanessa spent a semester in Washington D.C., interning in the government relations department of the Legal Services Corporation, a congressionally funded non-profit. During this time Vanessa worked on the budget request for fiscal year 2019 and also drafted memos on the importance of civil legal aid. Vanessa plans to write her senior thesis on sexual violence in universities and the role of race in the outcome of the accusations. Aside from her research experience, she also serves on Cornell’s Presidential Task Force, where she is contributing to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution. Vanessa aspires to become a scholar and understand the limits and functions of the law in protecting marginalized populations in the United States.
Crystal Robertson, New York University
Crystal Robertson is a rising senior political science major at the University of Michigan. Her research interests focus on racially centered activism and white allies, specifically the motivations of white allies in race focused social movements. Last summer, Crystal had the privilege of working under Dr. Mara Ostfeld and Nicole Yadon investigating the relationship between skin color and political preferences. She currently serves the Michigan Research Community as a Residential Advisor supporting first and second year students pursuing research opportunities. In the future she hopes to earn a doctoral degree in political science and continue encouraging students to pursue research as a professor.
Leann McLaren, University of Connecticut
Leann Mclaren is a political science and history double major at the University of Connecticut, in the honors program. She serves as the vice president of the University of Connecticut’s chapter of the NAACP, as well as on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Leadership Board. A Dean’s List and New England Scholar, her research interests center on the effects of racial bias in congressional legislative proceedings and how this may affect policy making. Over the course of her undergraduate career, Leann has been able to accumulate a good deal of research experience, as she has assisted on several projects facilitated by university faculty, including homicide and sex trafficking on women of color, gender bias in congressional hearings, and archival research on Caribbean immigration. She also has many internship experiences, including at the University of Maine School of Law’s Pre-law Undergraduate Scholars Program, and her current role as a congressional intern in the United States House of Representatives, in the office of Congressman John B. Larson. Leann also has a passion for volunteer work as she has been on several alternative break service trips, including to Birmingham Alabama, and at Right2know, a civil rights organization, as a part of her study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Leann hopes to receive a doctoral degree in political science and teach at the university level.
Jasmine B. King, Jackson State University
Jasmine B. King is a junior at Jackson State University majoring in political science. Since her freshman year, Jasmine has conducted research under the direction of Dr. Byron Orey at her Jackson State. Though the research that she participates in addresses the psycho-physiological reactions of African Americans in response to police violence, her current research interests focus on the effects of race, gender, and class inequalities on political behavior. Having a good deal of experience in research, Jasmine has presented research at conferences such as the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Student Research Conference and the Emerging Researchers National Conference. Jasmine plans to enter a dual degree program to earn a juris doctorate and a doctoral degree in Political Science.
Flavio Jimenez, San Francisco State University
Flavio Jimenez is a junior attending San Francisco State University, majoring in political science and minoring in Classical Archaeology. Mr. Jimenez was raised by politically active parents from El Salvador, who have been supportive of his desire to become a political activist. Born and raised In San Francisco, Flavio has been involved with various local organizations including, the Japanese National Honors Society, Meritus, and Minds Matter San Francisco. Flavio has been actively involved within the community in order to help the residents of San Francisco. Along with volunteering for these organizations, Flavio has also had the opportunity to Intern for the incumbent mayor of San Francisco, Mark Farrell. These experience have all contributed to the development of Flavio’s aspirations in becoming a United Nations Ambassador. Through the Ralph Bunche Summer institute, he hopes to gain knowledge and analytical skills that will allow him to succeed in a graduate political science program.
Michael Herndon, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Michael Herndon is a rising senior and first-generation Chicano college student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Michael is double majoring in political science and International Affairs with a minor in Chicano-Latino Studies. A UNO Regents Scholar and Honors Student, Michael just completed a spring internship with Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) on Capital Hill through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Michael has also interned with development team of the National Immigration Forum’s D.C. office. At UNO, Michael is involved with various cultural organizations. He has previously served as the president of UNO’s Multicultural Greek Council; has held various leadership positions within the Delta Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc.; and is an active member of UNO’s Association of Latin American Students. Michael’s passion for Latin America runs deep and led him to do a summer abroad in Costa Rica to refine his Spanish language skills. Michael has won department-wide scholarships in both the UNO Political Science and International Studies departments and has been accepted into the 4+1 Political Science Program at UNO. This program will allow him to take political science graduate courses as an undergraduate in order to get a head start on his MS in political science. Michael has aspirations to get a second master’s degree or Ph.D. after graduating. He plans to pursue a career in diplomacy.