Four Political Science graduate students named 2016-2017 APSA MFP Fellows

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Four graduate students in political science at the University of Chicago have been named  2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow. The MFP was established in 1969 to increase the number of under-represented scholars in the political science discipline. Since 1969, the APSA Minority Fellowship has designated more than 500 Fellows, both funded and unfunded, and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. Fall fellows are college or university seniors, graduates, or Master's students who plan on applying to a PhD program in political science. Spring fellows are first and second year PhD students in political science. APSA Minority Fellows are very active in the discipline as faculty members, researchers, and mentors. 


Alysia Mann Carey

Alysia Mann Carey is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Born in Madison, WI, she earned a BA in Spanish languages and literature, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies, and political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a PEOPLE Program scholar. She then received an MA in Latin American studies at the University of Texas at Austin with a certificate in women and gender's studies.  Her fields of interests include comparative politics and political theory, with an emphasis on transnational feminism, African diaspora, race and politics, black feminist theory, contentious politics, and gender violence. Her research deals with understanding the ways in which state and interpersonal forms of violence intersect in Black/Afro descendant women's lives in Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Colombia, and how women in these communities are leading movements against anti-black violence. Alysia is fluent in Spanish, and proficient in Portuguese and Haitian Kreyòl, and conversational in Swahili. She has received the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship for three years, to study Haitian Kreyòl and Portuguese, and the Tinker Field Research Grant to conduct fieldwork in Brazil. She has recently been awarded the SSRC-DPDF fellowship and will be conducting pre-dissertation fieldwork in Colombia this summer.



Jennifer M. Jackson

Jennifer M. Jackson entered the political science PhD program at the University of Chicago in 2014. Jackson's primary subfields are American politics, political theory, and research methods. Methodologically, she applies mixed-methods approaches to critical questions concerning Black Americans and the politics of publics. Her master's thesis relies upon experimental methods to investigate the influences of mass media framing on public opinion of Black Americans. Her dissertation asks: “Where do Black women self-make?” She argues that Black women's socio-political selves are developed in intersecting spaces which may be (but are not necessarily) controlled by the state. Jackson also works as the Managing Editor for the Black Youth Project where she empowers voices of Black millennials in the digital space.  Born in Oakland, CA, she earned a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in sociology. She went on to earn an MA with honors in political science from California State University, Fullerton where she later taught political science research methods and Black politics.


David Knight

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. 



Marcus Lee

Marcus Lee is a second-year doctoral student in political science at the University of Chicago, where he is a 2016 Ford Fellow and a 2015 Point Scholar. Before entering graduate school, Marcus earned a BA in sociology at Morehouse College. His senior thesis, which he completed as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a 2014 Yale Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, explored the expansion of the non-profit industry during the height of the HIV epidemic (1986 – 1996) and its impact on emergent black gay politics. As a graduate student, Marcus aims to broaden this line of inquiry through a more general investigation of how and why black gay politics emerged, its trajectories, its interactions with other streams of black politics (e.g. black feminism, black nationalism, and radical egalitarianism), and its insights into bureaucratic decision-making, social epidemiology, and the rise of neoliberalism. He is also interested in the extent to which black gay political mobilization fits within and/or troubles existing categories of political engagement, i.e. formal political participation, infrapolitics, and contentious politics. Throughout graduate school and beyond, Marcus hopes to produce work that will impact the world and also the study of race and politics.


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