Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Norris Davis III, University of California, Berkeley

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.

Norris Davis III is a first-year PhD student in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include political behavior, race and ethnic politics, and the Black diaspora in the United States. Specifically, he is interested in the relationship between Black political elites and Black voters, and how it affects mobilization and political participation. Davis graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA in African-American Studies and Political Science, summa cum laude. As an undergraduate, he was selected as a University Fellow, conducting research on the Anti-Racism Movement in Cuba and on the efficacy of race-conscious curricula in education systems. He hopes to pursue a career in academia, while actively organizing and promoting inclusion in the field.