Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Francy Luna Diaz, University of Michigan

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.

Francy Diaz is a first-year student in the political science PhD program at the University of Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona, receiving a BA in Political Science and a BA in Law. She is a Robie Gold Medal Award recipient and the 2019 Honors College Outstanding Senior. Francy is also a Rackham Merit Fellow and an All Arizona Scholar. Francy also graduated top of the Class of 2016 from Pima Community College. Francy served as the commencement speaker for her graduation ceremony, and thanks to her academic performance, volunteerism, and leadership, she was awarded the All Arizona Tuition Waiver. Francy participated in the Undergraduate Research Consortium Opportunity, and under the mentorship of Professor Samara Klar, she researched the effect of minority representatives on the political participation of Latina constituents. She presented her research at the Emerging Scholars Conference and the UROC poster session and conference. Francy’s research interests center around gender, race, and minority representation, especially issues pertaining to Latinos. She is currently working on a project about empathy and support for immigration policy with her UM advisor, Nick Valentino. She aspires to become a tenured professor and continue her research about Latinos.