Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Kevin Covarrubias, Columbia 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.

Kevin Covarrubias is a master’s student in the political science department at Columbia University, focused on the international relations and comparative politics subfields. His research interests include China’s global image, China’s economic relations with the developing world (especially Latin America), public opinion, social movements, the international politics of technology, and formal theory. Covarrubias received his bachelor’s in arts in government from Claremont McKenna College and his masters in arts in Chinese linguistics and literature from San Francisco State University.

Before joining Columbia University’s master’s program, Covarrubias studied abroad at the Shanghai Jiaotong University through Columbia University’s Business Chinese summer program. He also interned at Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s District Office, worked at Y-Combinator startup called Superbloom in Shanghai, and trained as a fellow in San Francisco State University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program. Covarrubias will begin his doctoral studies in Political Science in Fall 2022 at the University of California, Merced. Upon completing his doctoral studies, he desires to become an assistant professor or a postdoctoral scholar.