Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Adam Le of San Jose State University

The APSA Minority Fellows Program, established in 1969, aims to increase diversity in the discipline of political science. The Spring MFP supports students from underrepresented backgrounds who are currently enrolled in the first or second year of a political science PhD program. Awards will range between $500 and $1500, depending on availability funds. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program.

Meet Adam Le, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Adam Le is a PhD Student in political science at the University of Minnesota. He graduated from San Jose State University in 2017 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in Mexican-American Studies. At Minnesota, Adam uses his specializations in American politics and political theory to examine the effect of solitary confinement, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison pipeline on marginalized communities of color. In his dissertation, he hopes to use mixed-method approaches to illustrate the political and social consequences of imprisonment at the local, state, and federal levels in the United States. Adam’s current projects examine the consequences of family separation as a result of incarceration, though his previous work has included subjects such as the relationship between imprisonment and citizenship as well as the role of prosecutors in mass incarceration. After completing his PhD, Adam hopes to pursue a career in academia and to continue advocating for alternatives to incarceration and criminalization.