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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Graduate Fellow

Diversity Day BreakfastDescription of Fellowship. Carol to add.

The Diversity and Inclusion graduate fellow would pursue six chief goals:

  • serve as a channel of communication, facilitating exchanges of ideas on DE&I issues with fellow graduate students and also between graduate students and faculty
    coordinate activities related to DE&I, again with and among graduate students and also with faculty
  • seek to promote discussion of research related to DE&I among graduate students and faculty
  • discuss modes of engaging undergraduates on DE&I in and beyond the classroom
    contribute to teaching undergraduates, specifically: the DE&I graduate fellow would, as an adjunct instructor, teach a course related to diversity and inclusion (perhaps a small 2000-level seminar) in the spring semester of the academic year in which he or she serves as DE&I graduate fellow.
  • work with the faculty DDI in particular as both (the DE&I graduate fellow and the DDI) strive to create and open opportunities for exploring DE&I issues in the University community

Further Information

A&S Faculty Guides

Faculty Guides serve the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences community as an independent and confidential resource to discuss challenging faculty issues and identify related information regarding institutional policy. Through their service, Guides help ensure the appropriate  use of policies, and thereby a positive and equitable work environment.

  • DDIs in A&S
  • Candidate and Faculty Guide (originated UVa CHARGE, now housed Provost's server)
  • Dual Career Programs (Provost's Office)
  • Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (N.B. policy URLs here)
  • Marcus Martin's Office; links to John Gates (SEAS), Rebecca Leonard, etc (ADs D&I, Carol will fill info ASAP)
  • Speaker series on DE&I research: pull speakers from REG, relevant speakers from other series
  • Poster session, grads & faculty, on DE&I: under construction road sign
  • APSA Ombuds link
  • APSA diversity page, which in turn has URLs to Caucuses and Status Committees
  • Gendering Political Science
  • Gendering Political Science Facebook page

Rodrigo Castro Cornejo

Rodrigo Castro Cornejo2017-19 Diversity Post Doctoral Fellow, Rodrigo Castro Cornejo  research interests include survey/experimental methods, public opinion formation, and voting behavior. His main line of research sheds light on the influence of political campaigns on voters’ electoral behavior in new democracies, particularly in Latin America. He studies the role of partisanship as a filter of campaign information as well as motivated reasoning during political campaigns. He participates in collaborative research projects aiming to understanding why voters support corrupt politicians in Latin America as well as scientific opinion on climate change.

Hannah M. Alarian

Hannah Alarian2017-19 Diversity Post Doctoral Fellow, Hannah Alarian’s research includes topics of immigration, integration, national belonging, and public policy. Her dissertation, “Migrant Employment and the Foundations of Integration: A Multimethod Approach,” examines the economic processes through which immigrants integrate across thirty-seven advanced democracies. Dr. Alarian’s previous research considers the role dual citizenship policy and the Eurozone crisis play in global migration and citizenship acquisition trends. Her current research goals concern the impact of integration policy and programs on refugee and migrant incorporation across Europe.

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Classes

Classes taught by Diversity Post Doctoral Fellows:


  • Europe in Crisis, PLIR 3500, Hannah Alarian
  • Campaigns and Elections, PLCP 4500, Rodrigo Castro Cornejo

Undergraduate courses offered:

Graduate courses offered:

Previous classes

  • The Political Brain, PLAP 3500, Liya Yu
  • US Immigration Politics, PLAP 4500, Lucila Figueroa
  • Latino Politics, PLAP 4500, Lucila Figueroa

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Working Group

Diversity Day BreakfastOne of the core strengths of the Department of Politics is the commitment of a wide range of faculty to research and teaching with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender, and their interconnections. Accordingly, a group of seven faculty members and our Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow have constituted a research group on race, ethnicity, and gender (REG) to collaborate on future scholarship, develop a workshop program, strengthen graduate and undergraduate course offerings in these areas, and attract and retain students who wish to work on REG questions. Our group includes faculty at all levels of seniority and representatives from three of the four traditional subfields of politics (comparative politics, American politics, political theory).

Our short-term goals include the following: encouraging co-teaching among REG faculty; creating classes for a graduate student cohort working on REG; suggesting REG scholars as possible invitees to the department’s existing colloquia in American politics, foreign affairs, and political theory; putting together a workshop that will enable faculty and graduate students at UVA to get feedback on their research and that will bring REG scholars from other colleges and universities, including UVA alumni, to grounds to present their work; and encouragement of co-authorship by faculty and students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Over the longer term, we aim to explore the creation of graduate and undergraduate concentrations; the establishment of dissertation fellowships in REG; new faculty hires in the field; the establishment of prizes to fund graduate and/or undergraduate student research projects in collaboration with REG faculty.

Recent REG Graduate Research

  • Olyvia Christley (CP): interested in how the state creates and upholds unequal power dynamics between genders
  • Chelsea Goforth (AP): dissertation that explores the role of appeals to white racial identification
  • Dan Henry (PT): interested in race and the politics of sympathy
  • April Herlevi (IR): interested in gender and political economy
  • Brittany Leach (PT): interested in intersectional feminist theory
  • Kal Munis (AP): interested in race and ethnic politics
  • Brenton Peterson (CP): ethnic identification in Africa/Kenya
  • Arani Sanyal (PT): ethnicity
  • Paromita Sen (CP): dissertation on what explains why protest on violence against women occurs in India and Turkey
  • Jen Simons (CP): nationalism, identity, and the rise of the Far Right in Europe
  • Chen Wang (IR): ethnicity, nationalism and violence
  • Theo Yakah (CP): dissertation on ethnicity and chiefs in Ghana, investigates variation in the salience of ethnic cleavages in sub-Saharan Africa, with three in-depth case studies as well as statistical analysis across SSA
  • Sally Bonsall: Interested in policy concerning gender equality and its intersections with other identities

  • Mylene Freeman: main areas of study are contemporary thought, feminist theory, democratic theory, continental philosophy, notions of self, political agency, deliberation, and identity

  • Jess Hasper: theology and the organization of religious life in order to question the ways in which power operates within norms, ideologies, government systems, and institutions

  • Leah Malkovich: American politics

  • Alex Nicole Miller: Race and Ethnic Politics; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Political Representation

  • Hana Nasser: Multiculturalism in the European Union

Previous REG Graduate Scholarship

  • Nicole Pankiewicz (AP): dissertation on citizens’ understanding of citizenship and what makes a good citizen

Lucila Figueroa: 2015–17 Diversity Post Doctoral Program

Diversity Post Doctoral Fellowship

The Department of Politics created the Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship beginning in the Fall of 2015. With support and encouragement from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the program launched with its first fellow in 2016. As part of its ongoing efforts to promote diversity and reduce homogeneity in the department, at the University, and within the field of political science; we will continue this program for the foreseeable future.

The program welcomes applicants from all of the subfields of political science. Fellowships will be awarded for one year and in some cases for two years. Fellowships will be posted through political science journals and complete requirements and expectations will be posted through those postings.

Fellows will be expected to teach one course a semester. The fellowship carries the title of Lecturer and pays an annual (12 month) salary, plus full-time benefits. Postdocs will receive support to attend two academic conferences a year and will be provided with an office, computer and access to University facilities and resources.

Lucila Figueroa: 2015–17 Diversity Post Doctoral Program

Previous Fellows

Department of Politics Diversity Day 2015

Diversity Day 2015The Department of Politics hosted its first annual Diversity Visit Day on October 15th, 2015. Thirteen outstanding undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups spent the day at UVA, learning about graduate school in general and UVA’s Department of Politics, in particular.

Following breakfast with Dean Baucom, and Politics faculty, and current graduate students, the visiting students attended a panel entitled Political Science Graduate School: An Overview.  The panelists—Murad Idris (Political Theory), Robert Fatton (Comparative Politics), Paul Freedman (American Politics, Political Methodology), and Denise Walsh (Comparative Politics)—described what the future holds for them as political scientists in academia: time to read, time to think. The panel was divided on how much time is actually available.

The second panel, on Applying to and Paying for Graduate School sought to demystify the graduate school application process; the panelists offered strategies and tactics for the application process, and explained how to offset costs with scholarships and grants— including those from the Jefferson Fellowship program at UVA.  The panel included Keisha John, Jen Rubenstein, Lynn Sanders, and Herman Schwartz. Dr. John said her current soapbox is showing how a graduate can complete her or his education without getting into significant debt. The visiting students were definitely paying attention.

Other events included a panel on Finding Mentors, Creating Community, Working Across Disciplines, individual and small group meetings with professors, Jon Kropko’s class in Advanced Topics in Multivariate Analysis, Sid Milkis’ class in American Political Development, a wrap-up session, and a party at Department Chair David Leblang’s house.

This year’s Diversity Day participants hailed from around the country, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Dallas, Richmond (VA) and New York City, among other places.

Anyone interested in applying for the 2016 Diversity Visit Day should e-mail Dr. Jennifer Rubenstein,, and ask to be put on the mailing list to receive more information when it becomes available.