Meet Syeda ShahBano Ijaz, 2021 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Syeda ShahBano Ijaz is a Ph.D. candidate at UC San Diego and is a 2021-2022 UC Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellow. She studies the politics of last-mile access to foreign aid with a specific focus on Pakistan. She presented findings from two survey experiments conducted in Pakistan at APSA 2021. As part of a TLC Workshop on Organizing Virtual Junior Scholar Workshops, she shared her experience in engendering diversity in academic panels. Her work in improving diversity in the academy has been recognized by the Yale-Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and she was selected as a Bouchet Scholar for 2021.

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 throughout their careers. The travel and accessibility grant is intended to support First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession who attend the APSA Annual Meeting. Learn more.