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Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession

About the Committee

On September 2, 2015, the APSA Council approved a new standing Committee on First-Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing APSA status committees. The goal and mission of this committee is to bring focused attention to the ways that class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally throughout their careers.

 

Committee Members

Term expiring September 8, 2024

  • Holley Hansen, Oklahoma State University, Chair
  • Carie Steele, Northern Arizona University

Term expiring September 14, 2025

  • Dawn Brancati, Yale University 
  • Orçun Selçuk, Luther College

Term expiring September 6, 2026

  • T. Mark Montoya, Northern Arizona University 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact diversityprograms@apsanet.org for more info.

2023 First Generation Scholar Travel and Accessibility Grant

The Committee is delighted to offer travel and accessibility grants up to the amount of $250 to support First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession who attend the APSA Annual Meeting.


The 2024 application cycle will open in late September, 2024.

How to Apply

Eligibility for Travel Reimbursement Grant
This committee adopts a broad, inclusive definition of First Generation Scholar (FGS), including: 
  • scholars who have parents who have attained neither a bachelor’s nor an associate's degree and/or 
  • international scholars who are the first generation to study and/or teach at the college or university level in the United States.
  • Applicants must also have registered for and attended the 2024 APSA Annual Meeting. Please note: Undergraduate attendees are not eligible for this travel reimbursement grant opportunity.


Please email diversityprograms@apsanet.org with any questions about the travel and accessibility grant.


Double Your Impact! From September 18-22, every donation to the APSA Annual Fund will not only go toward travel grants for scholars who presented their groundbreaking research at the 2023 APSA Annual Meeting, but will also be matched by the Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession. Make sure to support APSA First Generation Scholars during the week of September 18-22! 

Previous Grant Recipients

The Committee awarded 129 individuals for the 2023 accessibility reimbursement grant. Click here to see the full list of scholars.


The Committee awarded 46 individuals for the 2022 accessibility reimbursement grant. Click here to see the full list of scholars.


The following individuals received the 2021 accessibility reimbursement grant.


The following individuals received the 2020 accessibility reimbursement grant. View select bios by clicking on the scholars' names:


The following individuals received the 2019 travel reimbursement grant. View select bios by clicking on the scholars' names:


The following individuals received the 2018 travel reimbursement grant. View select bios by clicking on the scholars' names:


The following individuals received the 2017 travel reimbursement grant:

  • Margaret Brower, University of Chicago
  • Jenn Jackson, University of Chicago
  • Michelangelo Landgrave, University of California, Riverside
  • Lama Mourad, University of Toronto
  • Tyler Reny, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bertha Vitela, Louisiana State University 
Annual Meeting Participation

Previous Panels or Roundtables at the APSA Annual Meeting:

  • 2023 Roundtable: Being a First Generation Scholar
  • 2022 Roundtable: APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars Roundtable
  • 2021 Roundtable: APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars Roundtable
  • 2020 Roundtable: Best Practices in Supporting First Generation Faculty and Graduate Students in the Profession
  • 2019 Roundtable: The Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession
  • 2017 Roundtable: APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession Roundtable 
  • 2016 Roundtable: First Generation Scholars in the Profession Roundtable Discussion