Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Edward Gonzalez of The University of Southern 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. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program.

Meet Edward Gonzalez, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Edward Gonzalez is finishing his second year as a graduate student in the political science and international relations (POIR) PhD program at the University of Southern California. Edward earned his BA in political science from California State University, Dominguez Hills, graduating summa cum laude. In addition, he earned his MA in political science from California State University, Long Beach, where he focused on international relations and political theory. As a PhD student at USC, Edward has served as co-president of the POIR Graduate Student Association for the 2018-2019 term, organizing academic professionalization events and representing the POIR graduate student body. In addition, Edward participated in the Center for Excellence in Teaching’s Future Faculty Teaching Institute at USC, where he studied best teaching practices for future scholars. His fields of concentration are international security and foreign policy (ISFP) and comparative politics. His research interests include nuclear proliferation, transitions to democracy and reversals to authoritarianism, international security, democratic peace theory, and war. Currently, Edward is working on an ideational theory of nuclear reversals, which would employ mixed methods research to explain why some countries abandon their nuclear weapons development programs.

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