Meet Ayana Best, 2022 Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars Recipient

Ayana Best, Howard University
Project Title:
Voices Unheard, Stories Untold: Black Women, Police Violence and Political Participation

Ayana Best earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. Her research primarily focuses on the effects of state-sanctioned violence on Black women’s political participation and civic engagement. She previously held a research position at the USC Center for Feminist Research, working on projects addressing homelessness for women of color in California, and with the California Black redistricting Hub providing policy analysis that informs strategic priorities and planning related to redistricting in the Black community. She will be joining the faculty at Howard University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall.

About the APSA Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars

The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants provide support for the advancement of scholars from historically racial and ethnic underrepresented groups and for research that examines political science phenomena affecting historically underserved communities and underrepresented groups and communities. In June 2022, APSA awarded six projects for the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grant for Early Career Scholars for a combined total award amount of $12,000.

Read more about Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars.