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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 2023

  • Daniel Mallinson, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Josue Franco, Cuyamaca College

Term expiring August 31, 2022

  • Jessica Lavariega Monforti, California Lutheran University
  • Joshua Miller, University of North Carolina, Charlotte 

Term expiring August 31, 2021

  • Rosella Cappella, Boston University
  • Davin Phoenix, University of California, Irvine, Co-chair
  • Lorrie Frasure, University of California, Los Angeles, Co-chair (term extended until Spring 2020)

Please contact [email protected] for more info.


First Generation Scholar Accessibility Grant

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

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 APSA Annual Meeting. Please note: Undergraduate attendees are not eligible for this travel reimbursement grant opportunity.

Applications for the 2020 First Generation Scholar Accessibility Grant are now closed. Applications for the 2021 grant will open in later summer 2021.

Previous Grant Recipients

The following individuals received the 2020 accessibility reimbursement grant. 

  • Muhammad Hassan Afzal, Kent State University
  • Thomas Benson, University of Delaware
  • Glen Billesbach, University of Florida
  • Elizabeth Dorssom, University of Missouri
  • Qingming Huang, University of Florida
  • Maricruz Osorio, University of California, Riverside
  • Justin Zimmerman, Northwestern University

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 

Previous Panels or Roundtables at the APSA Annual Meeting:

  • 2020 Roundtable: Best Practices in Supporting First Generation Faculty and Graduate Students 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