Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Jair Moreira of The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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 Jair Moreira, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Jair Moreira is a PhD student in the political science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His focus is American politics and he is minoring in comparative politics. He obtained a BA with honors in sociology, as well as a BA with honors in urban studies from the City University of New York-Hunter College, where he graduated summa cum laude. As an undergraduate, Jair was a McNair Scholar (2016-2018) and had the opportunity to participate in Michigan State University’s Summer Research Opportunity Program (2017) as a research assistant. He has received several other awards and scholarships, including the Karl Leubsdorf Memorial Graduate Scholarship (2018), an award for his outstanding roundtable presentation at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium (2018), the Aspire Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Students (2018-2019, 2020-2021) and the Eva Kastan Grove Award (2017). His research and teaching interests include political psychology, immigrant political behavior, immigrant political integration, policies of diversity, public opinion, and citizenship in the United States. This summer, Jair will use the APSA MFP Fellowship to implement an experimental study analyzing the effects that negative political rhetoric have on immigrant political attitudes towards in-group favoritism and inter-group cooperation.