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APSA Diversity and Inclusion Programs Alumni Update - November 2017

Edgar Alfonseca  (MFP 2010-11), as of May 2017, accepted a position as database reporting manager in the Special Education Office MIS/Analytics team for the NYC Department of Education.

Lisa Garcia Bedolla , PhD (MFP 1992-93) is director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley as of July 1, 2017.

Ray Block, PhD (RBSI 1998, MFP 1999-2000, Mentoring Program) recently moved from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse to join the faculty at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Block has a joint position in the political science department and the African American and Africana studies program.


Nadia Brown, PhD (RBSI 2003), associate professor and university scholar at Purdue University, had the following publications this year (2017):


  • Beaulieu, Emily, Amber E. Boydstun, Nadia E. Brown, Kim Yi Dionne, Andra Gillespie, Samara Klar, Yanna Krupnikov, Melissa R. Michelson, Kathleen Searless, and Christina Wolbrecht. 2017. “Women Also Know Stuff: Meta-Level Mentoring to Battle Gender Bias in Political Science.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50(3): 779-783.
  • Brown, Nadia E., and Sarah Allen Gershon. 2017. “Examining Intersectionality and Symbolic Representation.” Politics, Groups, and Identities, 5(3):1–6.
  • “How are Women Political Scientists Doing? A Report from the APSA Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession and the Thelen Presidential Taskforce” by Nadia Brown, Mala Htun, Frances Rosenbluth, Kathleen Thelen, and Denise Walsh in the Comparative Politics Newsletter (Spring 2017), pages 81-84.


Michael Castro (RBSI 2006, MFP 2007-08) accepted a job offer at the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative based in South Africa as programme manager, budget transparency and accountability in March 2017.


Olivia Cook (MFP 2017-18), PhD student at Auburn University, presented two research pieces at the South Eastern Conference for Public Administrators. Ms. Cook presented a poster entitled "Making the Best Out of a Temporary Worker in Times of Uncertainty" with Catrina Cook, assistant director of the environmental services department of the City Auburn. Ms. Cook’s second presentation was a co-authored piece with fellow PhD student, Courtney Haun, entitled "Ethical Leadership: Bridging the Collaboration Gap."


Marty Davidson (RBSI 2016, MFP 2017-18), graduate student at the University of Michigan, recently co-authored a book entitled Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty with Frank Baumgartner, Kaneesha Johnson (RBSI Alum), Arvind Krishnamurthy, and Colin P. Wilson, published by Oxford University Press.


Elizabeth Davies, (RBSI 2014, MFP 2015-16) PhD student at the University of Chicago, was awarded her master's degree as well as the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation focuses on the impacts of partisan media framing on participation, movements, and political discourse.


Garland Doyle (MFP 2014-15), PhD student at Wayne State University, is an adjunct lecturer in social sciences in the Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department at Lawrence Technological University, beginning in August 2017.


Lisa Magaña, PhD (MFP 1991-92) was recently promoted to full professor and is currently interim director of the school of transborder studies at Arizona State University.


Vladimir Medenica, PhD (MFP 2012-13), received his PhD in politics and social policy from Princeton University in June 2017 and began work as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago.


JoEllyn Murillo Fountain, PhD (MFP 1988-1989) was appointed assistant professor of social science and chair of the division of social and behavioral sciences at Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR.

Kimala Price, PhD (MFP 1996-97) associate professor and graduate advisor at San Diego State University, recently published a new book chapter:  Price, Kimala. 2017. “Queering Reproductive Justice: Toward a Theory and Praxis for Building Intersectional, Political Alliances.” In LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, edited by Marla Brettschneider, Susan Burgess and Cricket Keating, pp. 72-88. New York: NYU Press. Dr. Price also recently began her term as graduate advisor for the SDSU department of women's studies this fall (2017).

Soledad Prillaman, PhD (MFP 2011-12) completed her PhD and accepted a position as a Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College at Oxford University. Additionally, Dr. Prillaman will begin as an assistant professor in the department of political science at Stanford University in 2019.


Adolph Reed Jr., PhD (MFP 1972-73), professor at the University of Pennsylvania, had the following publications this year (2017):


  • “Revolution as ‘National Liberation’ and the Origins of Neoliberal Antiracism.” Socialist Register: Rethinking Revolution, Leo Panitch and Greg Albo, eds.
  • “The Kerner Commission and the Irony of Antiracist Politics,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History 14. Winter.
  • “Monumental Rubbish: With the Statues Torn Down, What Next for New Orleans?” commondreams.org. June 25.
  • “Don’t Be Duped: The Clamor To Take Down the Monuments Falls Short of a Truly Radical Movement.” The Lens: Focused on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. June 3.


Robert Velez, PhD (RBSI 2008, MFP 2010-11, MSRP, APSA Mentor), defended his dissertation titled "When Church Becomes State: Clergy as Political Candidate" on June 27 and his PhD was conferred Aug 5th from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Velez accepted a position as lecturer at Stephen F. Austin State University that started in fall 2017.


Betina Wilkinson, PhD (MFP 2007-08, Latino Scholarship Fund) is now an associate professor in the politics and international affairs department at Wake Forest University. Dr. Wilkinson currently serves on the editorial board of the PS: Political Science and Politics journal and is the president of the Midwest Political Science Association's Latino Caucus.


Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, (MFP 1995-96, APSA Mentor), associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, accepted a position as a visiting faculty researcher at the University of South Africa Institute for Gender Studies from January-March 2018. Dr. Willoughby-Herard recently published the following:


  • "On the need to claim (physical) QTBIPoC spaces," Contemptorary (October 24, 2017) Co-authored with the gens QTBPOC collective*, Paola Bacchetta, Fatima El-Tayeb, Jin Haritaworn, Jillian Hernandez, SA Smythe, Vanessa Thompson.
  •  “Challenging the Legacies of Racial Resentment: Black Health Activism, Educational Justice, and Legislative Leadership.” National Political Science Review Volume 18 (Newark: Transaction Publishers), 207pp. Guest Editors: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard and Julia Jordan-Zachery.

Dr. Willoughby-Herard also received the following awards in 2017:

  • The Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics Mae C. King Distinguished Paper Award on Women, Gender and Black Politics, for the paper, “(Political) Anesthesia or (Political) Memory: Medicalized Surveillance, Traffic Stop Murders, Death in Custody” for demonstrated excellence in quality of scholarship and presentation and contribution to the study of black women and politics, given in honor of Dr. Mae C. King, a pioneering scholar activist who helped pave the way for the study of women, gender, and black politics.
  • 2017 National Conference of Black Political Scientists Pipeline Award, for serving as an outstanding mentor and introducing the most students to the NCOBPS 2017 Annual Meeting.
  • UCI ADVANCE Program 2016-17 Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award for “Evicting Our Best: The Political Work of Doing Political Science as a Scholar of Color at UC Irvine.” This $5,000 award covered 20 graduate and undergraduate students to attend the NCOBPS Annual Meeting (San Diego 2017).
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