Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Amber Mackey, University of Pennsylvania

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.

Amber Mackey is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania studying political behavior and public policy. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2018 with a double major in political science and sociology. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, her undergraduate research explored social movements, felon disenfranchisement and pseudo-descriptive representation. She is particularly interested in the attitudes and behaviors of racial minorities that opt-out of more conventional forms of political participation. Amber is currently researching how the political behaviors associated with patriotism vary across space, time, and identities. As an Urban Leaders Fellow in New Orleans and Intern at EMIDA in Cameroon, Amber has partnered with numerous non-profit organizations to gather and analyze data on mass incarceration, protests, and public opinion. In addition to pursuing a career within academia, Amber is dedicated to teaching tools for data collection, analysis and advocacy work to others within her community.