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Meet Minority Fellowship Program Recipient David Knight

The following student was named as 2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellowship Program recipient during the spring 2016 application cycle.

David Knight is a PhD student in the political science department at the University of Chicago, where he is also part of the interdisciplinary training program in the education sciences. Before coming to Chicago, David was a certified high school teacher in the city of Boston. This experience of teaching and working in urban communities profoundly informs his research. His areas of scholarly investigation include changing understandings of citizenship in the United States with regard to race, ethnicity, and immigration; how social policies affect the political engagement and incorporation of historically marginalized groups; the sources and measurement of school disadvantage; and the political economy of urban education. Additionally, David holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College, trained as a teacher at Stanford University, and began his research career as a master’s student at Harvard University. David expects to continue a program of research that reflects the conditions, challenges, and possibilities of urban communities. His future goals are to support equity and diverse knowledge creation as a professor, and to contribute empirically and theoretically to the discipline of political science.

Learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program here.