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Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession

About the Committee
On September 2, 2015, the APSA Council approved a new standing Committee on First-Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing APSA status committees. The goal and mission of this committee is to bring focused attention to the ways that class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally throughout their careers.

Committee Members

Term expiring August 31, 2020

  • Celeste Montoya, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Francisco Pedraza, University of California, Riverside

Term expiring August 31, 2019

  • Ricardo Ramirez, University of Notre Dame
  • Tom Wong, University of California, San Diego

Term expiring August 31, 2018

  • Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, University of California, Los Angeles, Chair
  • Els De Graauw, Baruch College, the City University of New York
  • Pei-te Lien, University of California, Santa Barbara

Please contact [email protected] for more info.

First Generation Scholar Travel Reimbursement Grant


The 2017 APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Travel Reimbursement Grant Application is closed. 

The following individuals received the 2017 travel reimbursement grant:

  • Margaret Brower, University of Chicago
  • Jenn Jackson, University of Chicago
  • Michelangelo Landgrave, University of California, Riverside
  • Lama Mourad, University of Toronto
  • Tyler Reny, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bertha Vitela, Louisiana State University

Goal: We are delighted to offer two travel reimbursement grants in the amount of $250 each to support First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession who attended the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. 

Background: 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. 

Eligibility for Travel Reimbursement Grant:
This committee adopts a broad, inclusive definition of First Generation Scholar (FGS), including: 
• scholars who have parents who have attained neither a bachelor’s nor an associate's degree and/or 
• international scholars who are the first generation to study and/or teach at the college or university level in the United States. 
• Applicants must also have registered for and attended the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting. Please note: Undergraduate attendees are not eligible for this travel reimbursement grant opportunity. 


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