Meet Justin Zimmerman, 2020 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Justin Zimmerman is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, studying institutional trust in race-class subjugated communities in Chicago. Justin received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy in 2009 and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in organizational management in 2011 from The University of Alabama. For seven years, Justin resided in Washington, D.C., where he supported the Department of Treasury Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) team as an acquisitions consultant with Octo Consulting Group and served in multiple roles with the Department of State. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and son. 

About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Accessibility 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 October 2020 to support the professional development support of first gen scholars in the profession. Learn more.