Abi Bernard is a senior studying history and government at Cornell University. Born in Haiti and raised in Michigan, she has developed an interest in comparative politics and is considering pursuing a PhD in that field. Ms. Bernard works as a research assistant in Cornell’s government department and is also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, researching gerrymandering in mid-20th century California. Her past experiences include editing for Cornell’s historical journal as well as participating in the Mellon Mays Scholar Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is actively involved in Christian fellowship, Cru, and is passionate about bringing a historically-rich worldview to the evangelical community for the sake of racial reconciliation, effective social justice, and informed political action.
About the RBSI Program
The 2020 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) for undergraduate juniors interested in pursuing a graduate degree in political science will be held over five weeks from late-May through late-June 2020 at Duke University. RBSI introduces the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups and those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance.
Program Dates and Eligibility
The 2020 APSA RBSI Program will take place from May 31, 2020 to July 2, 2020 at Duke University. The RBSI Recruitment Fair will be held on June 19, and the RBSI Closing Banquet will be held on July 1, 2020.
 Photos taken by Shaun King, Duke Political Science Communications Specialist