Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Sydney Wade, University of North Texas

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!

Sydney Wade is a second-year political science PhD student at the University of North Texas. Her fields are American and Comparative politics with a focus on racial and ethnic politics, black America political behavior, and the racialization of welfare policy in the United States. Sydney graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a BA in political science through the grad-track program. She was a member in the honors college and worked as a supplemental instructor for political science throughout undergrad. Currently, Sydney’s research focuses on linked fate in marginalized communities and racial stereotypes of black Americans. She hopes to expand her research to explore how racist attitudes can influence attitudes towards welfare policy and the intersectional nature of the history of welfare policy. In the future, Sydney would like to pursue a career in teaching at the college/university level while still conducting research.