Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Michelle Bueno Vasquez, Northwestern 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.

Michelle Bueno Vásquez is a political science PhD student at Northwestern University. Michelle graduated from the University of Chicago with special honors in political science, with a focus on studying effects of stereotype threat on Black high school students’ political attitudes. As a graduate student, Michelle studies American and Comparative politics, with a focus on race and identity formation in Afro-Latino communities. Currently, she is researching how transnational information flows can mutate ideas of race throughout the Dominican diaspora, particularly between the United States and Dominican Republic. She hopes to pursue a dissertation agenda that explores the political and social movement implications of the Afro-Latino identity that exists at the margin in the United States, its impact on Black and Latino coalition building, and how this burgeoning movement spreads and manifests in Latin America.