Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Devin Wright, University of California, San Diego

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!

Devin Wright is currently a Ph.D. student in her second year in the political science Department at the University of California, San Diego with a comparative focus on identity politics. She received her undergraduate degree in political science and French at Spelman College in 2020. Informed by personal experiences as a Black woman living in the midwest and southern United States, Wright’s interests sit at the intersection of identity politics and political resistance. Her second-year thesis, for instance, explores how identities interact to complicate perceptions of Black individuals in the United States. During her time at UC San Diego, Wright has worked as the student coordinator for the Center for African Political Economy workshop and as a graduate student research assistant studying African immigrants and development. This summer, Wright plans to serve for the second time as a graduate student liaison for the HBCU Summer Training Academy for Research Success. Through her research agenda and mentorship appointments, Wright hopes to contribute research on intersectional marginalization and further empower students of color pursuing careers in the discipline.