Meet Kira Tait, 2021 Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars Recipient

Kira Tait
Project Title:
Roadblocks to Access: Perceptions of Migrants’ Rights in South Africa

Kira Tait is a recent graduate from UMass Amherst and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. In her dissertation, she explores ordinary people’s perceptions of the law and rights and how they impact people’s choice to go to court when they have problems accessing constitutionally guaranteed services in South Africa. Specifically, she studies why people choose not to use courts to secure access to water, healthcare, education, and housing. Kira’s research has been funded by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, and the UMass Graduate School. She will be joining the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego in Fall 2022.

About the APSA Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars

The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants provide support for the advancement of scholars from historically racial and ethnic underrepresented groups and for research that examines political science phenomena affecting historically underserved communities and underrepresented groups and communities. In December 2021, APSA awarded ten projects for the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grant for Early Career Scholars for a combined total award amount of $25,000. Read about the funded research projects.