Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Erika Vallejo, Michigan State University

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.

Erika Vallejo is a political science PhD student at Michigan State University. She is a RGV native and obtained her BA in political science and philosophy from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Prior to MSU, Erika worked at an educational center where she greatly enjoyed working with students and furthered her passion for academic. Her research interests include American politics, specifically gender, race, class, immigration, and labor relations. Her proposed research agenda focuses on the lack of working-class candidates and how to motivate them to run for office. After completing her PhD, Erika hopes to pursue a career in academia or in the non-profit sector.