Meet Keith A. Preble, 2018 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Keith A. Preble is a third-year PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany studying international relations and comparative politics with a focus on economic statecraft and foreign policy. Keith received his MA in government and politics from St. John’s University in 2015, an MA in public policy and administration from Northwestern University in 2017, and a BA from the University of Melbourne in 2003. He is also the recipient of a 2018 scholarship from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods. The APSA First Generation Scholars Travel Reimbursement Grant provided Keith with the opportunity to attend his first APSA annual meeting in Boston and to present his first academic paper, which examined the effects of intra-EU trade on sanctions busting behavior by EU member states. His dissertation will focus on how membership in regional organizations affects politically salient external trade.

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 status committees on Asian-Pacific Americans, Blacks, Latinos y Latinas, LGBT Individuals, Women, Graduate Students, and Contingent Faculty in the Profession. 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. Learn more.