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Meet Minority Fellowship Program Recipient Hajer Al-Faham

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

Hajer Al-Faham is a PhD student in Cornell University’s department of government. As a student of American and comparative politics, Hajer focuses on race, immigration, identity, and religion with an emphasis on Muslim and Arab communities. After completing her PhD, Hajer is eager to pursue a career in academia where she will research, mentor students, and teach at the university level. Hajer’s goal is to contribute innovative research that will guide policymakers in tackling political issues with greater concern for social justice and equity, especially for marginalized communities. Originally from Washington State, Hajer graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with a BA in political science and a legal studies specialization. As an undergraduate, she was honored with a number of awards including the John F. Kennedy Political Science Award, the Le Roux Leadership Award, the Spirit of Community Award, the Fred T. Korematsu Fellowship, and the Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award. Outside of academia, Hajer is passionate about community service and outreach. In particular, her experiences as an Iraqi and Muslim refugee motivate her to volunteer in interfaith and diversity endeavors both at Cornell and beyond.

Learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program here.