Meet Qingming Huang, 2020 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Qingming Huang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. His research interests include ethnicity and nationalism, state building, authoritarian politics, and communism and post-communism. His dissertation examines how the founding myths of party-states contribute to the resilience of communist regimes in East Asia. He is the first in his family to study abroad and pursue a career in academia. He is grateful for the support provided by the FirstGeneration Scholar Accessibility Grant. 

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.