Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Mai Nguyen Do, University of California, Riverside

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.

Mai Nguyen Do is a first-year PhD student in the department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, where she also works as a researcher for AAPI Data. Her research interests include Southeast Asian refugees in the United States, their resettlement and the development of Southeast Asian refugee communities in the United States, and Asian American politics more broadly. Currently, she is focused on examining ways in which the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees can shed further light on immigrant cohort effects and the development of ethnic community institutions. Prior to coming to UC Riverside, she graduated from College of the Canyons, completed her BA in political science Washington College, and worked as a research and policy associate at Courage California. As a former Vietnamese language school teacher, she looks forward to furthering her passion for education and continuing to engage in research that the students she serves find useful.