Meet Nicole Yadon, First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Nicole Yadon is a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on race and politics, public opinion, and political behavior in the United States. Nicole has received several fellowships, grants, and awards during her time in graduate school, including two awards from the National Science Foundation, an APSA Centennial Center Grant, and the Hanes Walton Jr. Award for Graduate Study in Race and Ethnic Politics. Her work has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities and The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism. According to Nicole, “Receiving the APSA First Generation Scholars Travel Reimbursement Grant is an honor. This grant allows first generation students like myself to fully participate in conferences that are incredibly valuable, but also expensive, to attend. Large conferences like APSA are beneficial in terms of professional development through feedback on research presentations, but also with respect to opportunities to build networks with scholars across institutions at panels, receptions, and through formal and informal meetings. I am especially grateful for this support.” She is currently writing her dissertation, soliciting feedback on my research, and looking forward to the academic job market.

About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Travel Reimbursement 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 status committees on Asian-Pacific Americans, Blacks, Latinos y Latinas, LGBT Individuals, Women, Graduate Students, and Contingent Faculty in the Profession. 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. Learn more.