The Fund for Latino Scholarship encourages and supports the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. The fund also seeks to support research on Latino/a politics. The Fund for Latino Scholarship is jointly administered by the Latino Caucus in Political Science and APSA, with support from the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas in the Profession.
Rebeca J. Agosto Rosa is a political science graduate student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She studies American politics with a focus on political psychology and identity. Her dissertation project examines under what conditions and why foreign language cues affect political attitudes in non-political contexts. Support from the Fund for Latino Scholarship will assist in her travel to the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting, where she will present her work on the political consequences of Spanish language cues in non-political media. She will also attend the Political Psychology pre-conference and the Latino Politics Workshop. She is a Schroeder fellow at the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, a Harry S. Truman scholar, and a recipient of the Rita and Leonard Ogren Prize. She holds a master’s degree in political science from UIUC and a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
Tabitha Bonilla is currently a research assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Tabitha earned her PhD from Stanford University, and previously worked as a Post-Doctoral Scholar and Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of political communication, representation, and identity. Her work includes understanding how communication matters for representation as well as how various communications alter support for public policies and social movements, including immigration, human trafficking, and Black Lives Matter. In one current project, Tabitha investigates how descriptive and substantive representation inform each other. The award from the Fund for Latino Scholarship will pay for gift card rewards for interview participants in summer 2019.