The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.
Romelia M. Solano is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Notre Dame, a Joseph L. Gaia Distinguished Fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies, and a 2015 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Fellow. Her research focuses on political behavior, political psychology, and intergroup relations. Her work on race, mobilization, and vote choice in the 2016 Presidential election has been published in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. She has also contributed to public commentary on immigration detention with the National Immigrant Justice Center. In addition to her doctoral studies, Romelia teaches at a prison in Northern Indiana and files Office of Inspector General and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties complaints on behalf of detained immigrants. She holds a B.A. in political science and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.