Meet Stephen Omar El-Khatib, First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Stephen Omar El-Khatib is a PhD student in political science at the University of California, Riverside.  His research and publications focus primarily on the politics of race, immigration, and gender as they relate to discrimination and public policy. Stephen is beginning his dissertation, which investigates discriminatory voting behavior and the role of morality.  He attributes much of the inspiration and drive behind his research to his personal experiences as a bi-racial, first-generation Arab-American. With the assistance of the 2018 APSA First Generation Scholar Travel Reimbursement Grant, Stephen was able to present his collaborative work on immigrant detention at the APSA mini-conference on criminal justice.


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.