Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Misha Cornelius, Howard University

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.

Misha Cornelius is a second-year PhD student in the department of political science at Howard University majoring in Black Politics and American Government. Her research focuses on the impact of emerging technology on marginalized communities generally and Black communities specifically. She presented a paper on digital voter suppression targeting Black women at the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Conference in 2020. Prior to attending Howard University, Misha received her BA in political science from San Francisco State University, where she received the 2012 Gary Fan Award for Distinguished Leadership and Service. Upon completing her doctorate, Misha looks forward to pursuing a career in academia and continuing her research at the intersection of race, gender, technology, and social justice while engaging in community activism.