Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Juan C. Curiel, University of Chicago

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!

Juan C. Curiel is a first-year PhD student in the political science department at the University of Chicago, with a concentration in political theory and comparative politics. His research interests are in the history and political theory of empire, the history of international law, and the historical influence of anthropological thinking from antiquity to the early modern period on the development of European legal thought. His current research is focused on the legal thought of Hugo Grotius, a seventeenth-century Dutch jurist, which examines one of his largely ignored treatises on the origin of the American Indians. Prior to arriving at UChicago, he earned his BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Ronald E. McNair Research Fellow. As a Fellow, he completed a research project which examined the relationship between the ideas of rationality and a capacity to bear rights in the political thought of Francisco de Vitoria, an influential sixteenth-century Spanish theologian and founder of the School of Salamanca. After graduate school, he plans to pursue a career in academia, and uplift the narratives of cultural minorities and other first-generation scholars.