Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Chelsea N. Jones 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 Chelsea N. Jones, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Chelsea N. Jones is a PhD student and Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow in the political science department at UCLA. She is currently studying race, ethnicity and politics where her research focuses on the role of political racism in facilitating maternal health disparities. Chelsea’s research interests are centered on racial equity, local government/public policy and the modern-day Black Church. Prior to attending UCLA, Chelsea conducted research on the teenage pregnancy crisis in her hometown, Dallas, TX as an Urban Leaders Fellow. She has previously worked as a policy analyst at the National League of Cities, a Congressional fellow for the US House of Representatives, and an equity specialist with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Chelsea will pursue a career in academia where she can influence both the next generation and current political leaders to implement equitable policies. Chelsea holds an MS in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a BSW from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar.