Cristina Beltrán receives the 2022 Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino/a Junior Faculty in Political Science

The Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award is presented annually by the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession to recognize the exemplary mentoring of Latino y Latina students and junior faculty each year. The award is named in honor of Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell, the first Latina to earn a PhD in political science.

Cristina Beltrán is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the department of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University. A political theorist by training, her research focuses on modern and contemporary political theory, Latinx and U.S. ethnic/racial politics, feminist and queer theory. She is author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (Oxford University Press, 2010), which received numerous awards, including the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Award and the Casa de la Américas prize for the best book on Latinos in the United States. Her most recent book, Cruelty as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy was published with the University of Minnesota Press in 2020 and was the 2021 winner of the American Political Science Association’s Latino Politics Best Book Prize awarded by the Latino Caucus of APSA.

Her work has appeared in the journals Political Theory, Aztlán, Politics & Gender, Polity, Contemporary Political Theory, Political Research Quarterly, and the Du Bois Review as well as various edited volumes. Along with Elisabeth Anker, she is co-editor of the journal Theory & Event, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes work at the intersections of political theory, cultural theory, political economy, aesthetics, philosophy, and the arts. She is currently finishing a book of essays analyzing the emerging politics of Latino conservatism.

“Her mentorship, like her writing, is rich, nuanced, patient, and abundant, and should be recognized as such by receiving the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award,” writes Jasmine Noelle Yarish, a faculty member at the University of the District of Columbia. “Like Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell, Dr. Beltrán’s commitment to listening to and supporting the next generation is about deepening the democratic project of abolition – that is collective liberation.”

“Dr. Beltrán is always willing to take the time to mentor junior faculty. I have experienced this firsthand when she agreed to be a reader of my manuscript which won the MSI Book Workshop Award,” Dr. Yarish continues, “even though she was on a year-long sabbatical at the time of the workshop.” Dr. Beltrán’s service to the discipline and younger scholars is further evident in her continued participation in the APSA Mentoring Program and as an early contributor to the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship.

The APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession once again thanks Dr. Beltrán for her tireless dedication to junior faculty and offers its thanks for her commitment to bettering the political science discipline through mentoring.

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