Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Darius Cozart, The George Washington 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.

Darius Cozart is currently a senior studying political science at The George Washington University. He has conducted research in multiple capacities. Most recently, Cozart was selected as 2021 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Scholar. His broad research interests concern the politics of policing, incarceration, and other forms of state punishment. Cozart’s current thesis project focuses on the relationship between the race-class makeup of state populations and state and local policing expenditures. He is also the co-author of a forthcoming article exploring Black survey respondents’ perceptions of police funding as a function of linked fate. His future projects hope to address wide ranging questions in this area, including the impact of punitive contact on political behavior and preference formation, the implications of punitive contact for US democracy, the relationship between race, class and policing intensity, and the implications of concentrated punitive activity for various aspects of urban political economy.