Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Curtis K. Edmonds, Syracuse University

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!

Curtis K. Edmonds is a first-year Ph.D. student, and McNair Scholar, in the political science department at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His subfields are American politics and the law and courts, with research interests in legislative behaviors of Black members in Congress. His broader research interests include Black intersectional politics, race, ethnicity, and representation in politics, Congress, and constitutional law. Currently, Curtis is researching the legislative behavior of Black women in Congress through their committee preferences, committee work, bill sponsorship, and membership in different congressional caucuses. He has also begun to investigate how Black congresswomen differ from their Black male counterparts. Curtis earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his masters from George Mason University, where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors Society. He plans to pursue a career as a researcher and as an educator where he can extend his focus on the intersectional identities of BIPOC members in Congress.