Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Bianca Freeman, University of California, San Diego

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.

Bianca Freeman is a second-year PhD student in the department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her interests are in international relations with a focus on race, law, and military intervention. Bianca’s current project examines Status of Forces Agreements and how race shapes the terms of criminal jurisdiction between military partners. In addition, her work analyzes the Responsibility to Protect and how racial norms interact with international legal principles to influence the decision to intervene in other states. Prior to joining the UCSD community, Bianca worked as an analyst in Washington, DC. She earned her MPP and BA from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). As an undergraduate student, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year, received the UCR Political Science Department Outstanding Student Award her senior year, and served her graduating class as Student Speaker of Commencement. Bianca enjoys mentoring and teaching students from diverse backgrounds and desires to make contributions that enrich inclusivity and intellectual life in the discipline.