Meet Muhammad Hassan Afzal, 2020 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal (he/him/his) is a Ph.D. candidate in Kent State University’s political science department. His research focuses on global health crises and how that affects both public health and social policies. Hassan’s dissertation, “Immigration Rhetoric and Policies During Global Health Crises: Well-being and Health Concerns for the Global Migrant Communities,” conducts an empirical analysis to assess the connection between policy entrepreneurs’ role and the changing nature of immigration policies during global health crises. His comprehensive paper is accepted at the R10HTC 2020 conference with full fundingHis work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, IEEE Humanitarian conferences. In addition to his research, Hassan is also an accomplished instructor and taught undergraduate courses in Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia. 

He received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from AIUB, a PGCE in Optical Engineering Techniques from the University of Nottingham, UK, an M.Sc. degree in IT from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and an MBA in Management from Idaho State University, USA. He also worked as a Business Analyst for the Bengal Solutions at Idaho State University. He collaborated and led projects for FEMA, SBDC, and local businesses. Hassan is incredibly grateful for the First-Generation Scholar Grant’s support that facilitated him to attend the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting and network meaningfully with the fellow participants. 

About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Accessibility Grant
In 2015, the APSA Executive Council approved a new standing Committee on First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing APSA status committees.  The goal is to bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers. The APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars matched contributions that were made to the APSA Annual Fund during one week in October 2020 to support the professional development support of first gen scholars in the profession.  Learn more.