Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Maria Zavala Garcia, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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.

Maria Zavala Garcia is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in biology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research interests span authoritarian legacies and regimes, democratic backsliding, and state violence, with a vested interest in humanitarian consequences. She was first acquainted with research through a Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance brain conditions fellowship and most recently assisted on a project concerning how, when, and why judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights engage in separate judicial speech as a Ronald E. McNair scholar. Garcia presented this research at the 2021 Annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium at the University of Minnesota. In addition to research, she has been active as a College of Biological Sciences Dean’s Scholar, peer mentor, and teaching assistant. As a lifelong learner, Garcia plans to use her future PhD in political science to teach, research, and continue to mentor and serve her community.