Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Kanika Khanna of Cornell 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 Kanika Khanna, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Kanika Khanna is a first year PhD student at Cornell University. Her primary subfield of study is American politics, with a minor in comparative politics. Broadly, her research interests include public policy, race and ethnic politics, inequality, and urban politics. Currently, she is exploring how communities of color in New York City perceive the capacity of city government to address housing inequality in a racially equitable way. Kanika holds a BA in political science from CUNY Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island and an MPP from Brown University. Prior to enrolling at Cornell, she worked as a policy analyst for the NYC Department of Investigation and as a consultant for nonprofit organizations focusing on homeless individuals and families with special needs.