Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Mishella Romo Rivas, Princeton University

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!

Mishella Romo Rivas is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. She obtained a BA in Political Science and Jurisprudence and an MA in Law and Governance from Montclair State University. She has an MA in Politics from New York University. She is interested in presidentialism, populism and judicial politics. Before beginning her Ph.D., Mishella worked as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. She taught Writing for Political Science and Introduction to Comparative Politics to undergraduate students. She has presented her research at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Northeastern Political Science Association. She has written and co-authored papers that have been published by the American Political Science Association, the National Political Science Honor Society, Latin American Perspectives, and the Oxford Handbook of Latin American Social Movements. While at Princeton, Mishella has conducted research on the politics of horizontal accountability in Latin America. She looks forward to pursuing a career in academia, developing her research, and providing mentorship to the next generation of underrepresented scholars in the field.