Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Joyce Nguy, University of California, Los Angeles

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.

Joyce Nguy is a first-year, first-generation PhD student and Cota-Robles Fellow in the department of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She previously graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at the University of California, Irvine. At UC Irvine, she earned top honors in political science and education sciences, and won the 2019 Harry Eckstein Outstanding Honors Thesis Award for her research on candidate perceptions among women of color in the #MeToo movement. Prior to arriving at UCLA, she won a Fulbright Scholarship and taught English in rural elementary schools in Taiwan. Her current research focuses broadly on immigrant political socialization and Asian American political behavior. Passionate about creating space for diverse voices in the political science field, she hopes to pursue a career in academia, and serve as a mentor for other first-generation emerging scholars.