Meet Nura Sediqe, First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Nura Sediqe is a PhD candidate specializing in race and ethnic politics at Duke University. She is also completing a certificate in African and African-American Studies and part of the teaching team for the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. Nura’s dissertation is a mixed-methods project, which focuses on Muslims in the US and the ways a diverse sub-group of Muslim communities navigate their identities given the current racial climate. Nura received her MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her BA from the University of Michigan. Nura says, “The APSA travel reimbursement really helped offer the support I needed in an important moment of my dissertation process. It was my first time presenting at APSA and the feedback and relationships I cultivated during the conference are formative for me, since I am in the final stages of my dissertation. I’m the first in my family to pursue higher education at this level, so the learning and professionalization these opportunities offer me, play a particularly important role in my growth as an aspiring political scientist.”


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.