Alfredo Y. Hernandez is an honors student at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), majoring in political science with a minor in economics. A McNair Scholar, his research centers on how political theory can be harnessed to measure and inform local governments’ obligations to their minority constituents and what constitutes their ethical governance. At LMU, he is the editor-in-chief of Attic Salt, an interdisciplinary academic journal which services all 28 Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities campuses. He is also an active member of the MAGIS Service Organization, which works to address homelessness in Los Angeles by serving in homeless shelters and working with at-risk youth; Pi Sigma Alpha; and Alpha Sigma Nu. During the summer of his freshman year, Alfredo received an Honors Summer Research Fellowship to study how the Greek government has utilized cultural centers to combat their recession post-2008 Crisis—sparking his interest in researching abroad. He has also participated in the Hansard Scholars program, interning with the Offices of Alex Norris, MP in Parliament, while also studying at the London School of Economics. For that program, he wrote a dissertation on utilizing demographic data to predict MP rebellion. As a child of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college student, he looks to become a professor of political theory and inspire more diverse voices to enter the field. He also hopes to be involved in local politics in his home city of Los Angeles.
About the RBSI Program
The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups or issues of indigenous politics, sovereignty, or governance. Participants in the RBSI are drawn from a competitive national applicant pool. The RBSI Selection Committee reviews applications and makes decisions during the month of February. The 2019 program will be held from May 26 to June 27, 2019 at Duke University. Questions can be directed to Annalisa Dias-Mandoly at email@example.com.
Submit your application here. Applications are due January 18, 2019.