Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Samantha Canty, University of California

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.

Samantha Canty is a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine in the department of Political Science. She earned a BA in in economics and political science at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Before returning to pursue her doctorate, she worked in various capacities with underprivileged youth, which inspired her to influence public policy, specifically as it pertains to African Americans. Her research interests are in the field of American politics and race and ethnicity. She is broadly interested in racial attitudes, voting behavior and political inequity in black communities. She looks forward to developing an innovative research agenda that will have a direct impact on public policy and lawmaking. She is currently researching religious activity and political engagement among African Americans.