Meet Christine Marie Slaughter, 2018 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Christine Marie Slaughter is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles where she studies Racial and Ethnic politics, American politics, and quantitative methods. Her research interests include poverty, racial inequality, and political behavior. Christine’s dissertation will examine how the intersection of race, geography, poverty, and familial income history shape efficacy and political participation among African Americans. Her research is supported by the Ford Foundation, APSA Minority Fellowship and the Cota Robles Fellowship at UCLA.  She is currently preparing to submit her work for scholarly publication and is grateful for the support of the First-Generation Scholars Travel Grant to attend the 2018 annual meeting where she received very helpful feedback on an academic paper. She also presented a co-authored paper with colleagues and met research collaborators for future projects. In addition, she chaired a panel, “Navigating Work-Life Balance for Minority and Marginalized Students and Scholars” sponsored by the APSA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession. Christine is a first-generation collegiate scholar and graduate of Spelman College in 2015 with a BA in political science and comparative women’s studies.

About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Travel Reimbursement Grant
In 2015, the APSA Executive Council approved a new standing Committee on First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing status committees on Asian-Pacific Americans, Blacks, Latinos y Latinas, LGBT Individuals, Women, Graduate Students, and Contingent Faculty in the Profession. The goal is to bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers. Learn more.