Meet Gustavo Diaz, 2019 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Gustavo Diaz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in comparative politics and political methodology. Substantively, he is interested in political economy and political behavior in developing countries, with focus on how information shapes electoral accountability and voting. Methodologically, he uses tools from design-based inference and machine learning to improve causal inference in experiments and observational studies. His dissertation, funded by The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, examines the effect of exposure to neighboring corruption on voting behavior at the local level in Brazil. Gustavo is the first in his family to pursue an academic career. The First Generation Scholars Travel Reimbursement helped him attend his first APSA conference and served as a reminder that first generation scholars bring unique perspectives and contributions to the discipline.

About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Travel Reimbursement Grant
In 2015, the APSA Executive Council approved a new standing Committee on First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing APSA status committees.  The goal is to bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers. The APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars matched contributions that were made to the APSA Annual Fund during one week in September 2019 to support the professional development support of first gen scholars in the profession.  Learn more.