Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Betzaira Mayorga-Calleros, University of New Mexico

The APSA Diversity Fellowship Program, formerly the Minority Fellowship Program, was established in 1969 as a fellowship competition to diversify the political science profession. DFP provides support to students from underrepresented backgrounds applying to, or in the early stages of, a PhD program in political science. The goal of the program is to increase the number of scholars from minoritized backgrounds in the discipline and ultimately the professoriate. APSA has once again awarded a new cycle to provide support for PhD students currently in their first or second year as of Spring 2022. Please join us in congratulating the 2022-2023 class of fellows!

Betzaira MayorgaCalleros (they/she) is a DACA recipient and a Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico. They are also a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Social and Health Policy, as well as a former Ralph Bunche Summer Institute fellow. Betzaira’s research interests are rooted in giving voice to the persistent inequalities in political participation within American Politics and Public Policy, specifically as it pertains to marginalized peoples in race, gender, immigration and sexuality studies. Their interests have led them to focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on the trust of LGTBQ+ individuals and the impacts of ascribed race on police interactions for the first two years of their academic program. They aspire to continue to give voice to the inequalities that persist in American public policy after completing their Ph.D. by instructing future generations at the college/university level and working with think tanks.