Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Lucia Lopez, University of Houston

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!

Lucia Lopez is an attorney and first-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston. Previously, she earned her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, magna cum laude. She is interested in state courts and state politics, with a particular focus on legitimacy, court independence, and obedience to the courts. Additionally, Lucia is interested in media and elite communication and how these impact the legitimacy of courts and obedience to them. While at the University of Houston, Lucia has served as a Research Assistant for Drs. Ryan Kennedy and Lydia Tiede on a National Science Foundation grant investigating usage of and accountability mechanisms for algorithms in public policy. Lucia brings institutional knowledge to the public law field and hopes to use this knowledge to drive her future research.