Meet Vivien Leung, First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Vivien Leung is a PhD student in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the first in her family to attend university. Her research areas are racial and ethnic politics, political psychology, gender and politics, immigration, and American politics. More specifically, she is interested how the racialization of Asian Americans shapes identity formation and influences behavior. She is currently working on her dissertation prospectus which looks at how experiences with stereotyping and discrimination influence group attachment and group behavior.  Vivien is also an APSA Minority Fellow (2017). Her work has appeared in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and has been awarded the Professor Harry H. L. Kitano prize for best graduate paper. She holds an MA from the American University and a BA from California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona. The APSA First Generation Scholars Travel Reimbursement helped Vivien to attend the APSA annual meeting for the first time, share her work with a broader audience, and connect with other scholars.


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.