Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Carolyn Anh Dang, University of Virginia

The APSA Diversity Fellows Program (DFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The DFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. Since its inception, the APSA DFP has designated more than 600 fellows and contributed to the successful completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals.

Carolyn Anh Dang is a PhD student in the department of politics at the University of Virginia, focusing on comparative politics and international relations. Her research privileges a mixed-methods approach and explores the conditions under which women’s civil society organizations successfully leverage international laws and norms to participate in peace negotiations and advance gender-sensitive and ethnically-aware peacebuilding policies in conflict-affected countries. She holds a BA in biochemistry, MPH in biostatistics and epidemiology, and MA in social justice and human rights. She has received research funding awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Fletcher Jones Chemistry Grant for her biochemical research on mutation pathways of copper chaperone protein aggregates for superoxide dismutase in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She was also financed by the National Institutes of Health for her clinical and epidemiological research on the congruity of brain metabolic patterns in Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia visualized by FDG-PET. She has additionally received research funding from the Carstens Family Research Grant for her social science graduate work on gender-based violence, situated citizenship, and democracy in India. She aims to use her interdisciplinary training from diverse empirical research fields to contribute a novel and nuanced meaning-making lens to the political science discipline.