Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Bianca V. Vicuña of The University of California, Los Angeles

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 Bianca V. Vicuña, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Bianca V. Vicuña is a PhD student in the political science department at UCLA. She is a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow. Bianca graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BSA in neuroscience (Honors), a BA in Iberian and Latin American languages and cultures, and an evidence and inquiry certificate with a focus in political psychology. Her research interests are in the fields of political psychology, and race and ethnic politics. She is broadly interested in the effects of social identities on the political behavior of minority groups in the US. She is currently working on three projects. The first project analyzes how self-identifying men and women manage their gender and racial identities, and how these management techniques influence political behavior. She intends to expand this research to other gender identities, as well. The second project analyzes how Asian and Latin American immigrants develop partisan attachments in the US. The third project examines the effects of language on political attitudes and behavior among Latinx individuals. As a first-generation immigrant and a first-generation college student, in addition to becoming a professor at a research university, Bianca wishes to become a mentor to immigrant and first-generation students.

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