Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Olatayo Bakare, University of South Florida

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.

Olatayo Bakare graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s of arts in political science in spring 2021. In April 2021, Bakare won the Judges’ Choice Award for presenting original research at the University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research-Intensive Poster Showcase; examining how race shapes attitudes Americans hold toward financial institutions. Currently, as a Society for Political Methodology Expansions Initiative Fellow, he is working with Dr. Dean Lacy on a longitudinal study of American political ideologies. Bakare’s research interests concern the interplay between American political institutions, social identities, and inequality. He hopes to investigate research questions related to his research interests with more sophisticated methods training in a PhD program and ultimately use those skills to both teach and mentor the next generation of scholars from underrepresented communities.