Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Raychel Gadson, Johns Hopkins 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!

Raychel Gadson is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University studying American Politics and Law and Politics. She is a graduate fellow of the Sustainable Design Practicum, the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, and the “Rethinking the Right to the City through the Black Radical Tradition” Sawyer Seminar. She received her M.A. in African and African-American Studies from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in Mass Communications from Kansas State University. Working at the intersection of urban politics, public health and Black feminist thought, her research focuses on Black placemaking in urban environments. Raychel explores the ways that historically segregated Black neighborhoods imagine urban livability, and leverage political knowledge and tools to create environments that meet the needs of residents – specifically Black women. This necessitates engaging with questions regarding environmental justice, housing justice, health equity and the right to the city, the answers to which, she believes, can and must be located in the politics and organizing of Black communities.