Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Benjamin Falcon, Trinity University

The APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, established in 1969, aims to increase diversity in the discipline of political science. The Fall DFP supports students who are currently in the process of applying to PhD programs in political science for Fall 2022 admission. Fellows will receive $5,000, over two years, to support their studies.

Benjamin Falcon is a senior at Trinity University, double majoring in political science and history, and minoring in Chinese. As both a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellow, he has conducted and presented independent research in international relations and diplomatic history. Falcon’s current research focuses on the nexus between great power politics, peace science, and conflict, often with respect to U.S.-China relations. His most recent work has explored issues of interstate conflict, peace durability, and state responses to transnational issues of human security like refugee migration. Falcon’s senior thesis, funded by Trinity University’s Mach Research Fellowship, builds on his project with Dr. Sussan Siavoshi, “Pawns at Play: Refugees and the Game of Foreign Policy,” which examines the securitization of Pakistan’s refugee policy within the context of the Pak-India rivalry.