Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Angel Villegas Cruz, Pennsylvania 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.

Angel M. Villegas-Cruz is a first-year PhD student at Pennsylvania State University. He is pursuing a dual-title PhD in political science and Asian studies. His primary subfield of study is international relations, with a minor in comparative politics. Prior to attending Penn State, Angel received an MA in international relations from Beijing Normal University and a BA in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. His research interests include the political economy of Chinese foreign aid and outward foreign direct investment. Angel looks forward to teaching classes in international relations, international political economy, and Chinese foreign policy. Upon completing the doctorate, Angel will pursue a career in academia.