Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Jeremiah Muhammad, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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.

Jeremiah Muhammad is a first-year PhD student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His fields of concentration include American politics, comparative politics, and research methodology. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his master’s degree in public policy and administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Jeremiah leveraged his MPPA degree as the Senior Policy Associate and Program Manager at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. He oversaw the organization’s research, policy, and outreach efforts that impact water-related issues throughout Chicago and Illinois. His work included urban flooding, safe drinking water, and how pandemics affect water issues in environmental justice communities. Currently, Jeremiah researches the politics of crises and their impact on Black American political behavior. Muhammad is also interested in how heightened periods of political extremism impact how Americans engage in political discourse.