Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Robert Alvarez, 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!

Robert Alvarez is a second-year PhD student in the department of political science at the University of Houston. He obtained a BA in Journalism from the University of Houston, and an MLA in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas. His research interests include political communication, public opinion and political behavior, with particular focus on the effects of mass media on political attitudes. While at the University of Houston, Robert has served as a teaching assistant for Latino Politics and Legislative Processes courses. He also serves as a research assistant working on Latino politics. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Robert worked as a journalist covering business and politics. His experience at the intersection of media and politics informs his research and motivates his continued efforts to bettie understand media’s political function within society. Robert hopes to complete his doctoral studies in 2025, after which he will enter the job market and continue his career as an academic and researcher.