Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Nicolas Hernandez Florez, California State University Polytechnic, Pomona

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.

Nicolas Hernandez Florez is a fourth-year student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona double-majoring in political science and communication. At Cal Poly Pomona, he worked as a co-author and research assistant in a study examining mass media framing of underrepresented political candidates and the undocumented student experience. He hopes to study political parties and, specifically, factors that inspire strategic behavior from both elites and voters during nomination contests in a PhD program. Nicolas is a 2021 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Scholar and presented his research from the institute at APSA’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exhibition and at the 2021 Emerging Scholars Conference at the University of Michigan.