Meet DFP Fall Fellow, Orlando Beckum II, University of Texas at Austin

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.

Orlando Beckum II is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, having majored in government and psychology. In their research, they utilize Critical Race Theory, political theory, and social psychology to hone in on the reciprocal impacts marginalized folk, especially QTBIPOC, and sociopolitical institutions have upon each other. This led to their undergraduate work, “Inaccessible Amenities,” focusing on the impacts of gentrification on voter suppression in Austin. Outside of research, Beckum is greatly invested in communal work, such as community care, mutual aid, and collective education. For these reasons, their long-term goals are to not only become a professor and researcher in Black Studies, political science, and sociology, but to also work with local communities to provide free and consistent mutual aid resources for necessities, professional need, and educational opportunities — most explicitly toward the low-income and historically disenfranchised areas they will live around.