Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Anthony Bencomo of the University of California

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.

Anthony Bencomo is a Latino PhD student in the department of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. Raised in Fresno, California, his research interests include local politics, Latinx politics, gangs, and political participation. Anthony earned his B.A. in sociology and Chicano Studies from Fresno State and graduated with his M.A. in Mexican-American Studies from San José State University. At Fresno State, he became a McNair Scholar, where he examined political participation of former prisoners and United States-Mexico relations in the late 19th century. His current research project seeks to examine the impact of nonstate actors on local politics, specifically in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Once earning his doctorate degree, Anthony hopes to become a professor where he will teach courses in American politics, Latinx politics, and the politics of crime.