Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Jasmine Smith of Duke 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. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program.

Meet Jasmine Smith, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Jasmine Smith is a second year PhD student at Duke University where she studies behavior and identities and race and ethnic politics. She is interested in how individuals’ interactions with political institutions affects political behavior. More specifically, she looks at how involuntary interactions with the criminal justice system serve as (de)mobilizing agent for political participation. Jasmine currently has projects focusing on the mechanisms that lead to political participation after individuals interact with the police, skin color in police stops, and projects looking at the nuances of Black linked fate. Jasmine graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2017, and was an APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Scholar (RBSI) in 2016. She continues to be involved with the program, serving as a graduate assistant, mentor, and teaching assistant.