Graduate Student Accomplishments


  • Lucia Vitale

    • (June 2021) -Awarded a 2021 Jessica Roy Memorial Award to support fieldwork, travel, and research. 
    • (April 2020) -Awarded a 2020 Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant for her project INGOs and National Health Care in Costa Rica: Towards Health for All 
    • (May 2020) -Awarded a summer research grant from the UCSC Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance 
  • David Amaral

    • (April 2021) -Awarded a UC Santa Cruz Chancellor's Dissertation Fellowship for 2021-22. 
    • (June 2020) -Awarded a Horowitz Foundation 2019 grant for his project Threatening Local Democracy: The Political Consequences of Urban Violence 
  • Ellie Frazier

    • (April 2021) -Awarded the Milam-McGinty-Kaun Award for Excellence in Teaching 
    • (July 2020) -Awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant for her project "The Community Paralegal Model and Access to Justice" 
  • Tamara Ortega Uribe

    • (April 2021) -Awarded a 2021 Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant 
  • Alberto Ganis

    • (March 2021) -Received a fellowship from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for his research, The Cultural Logics of Regional Institutional Variation: The Case-Study of Veneto and Lombardia
  • Rowan Powell

    • (March 2021) -Received funding through the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Program for 2020-21
  • Anthony Bencomo

    • (June 2020) -Selected as an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow for 2020-21 for his project examining the impact of nonstate actors on local politics in California’s San Joaquin Valley 
  • Aaron Cardoso

    • (April 2020) -Awarded a Chancellor's Quarter Dissertation Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Ingy Higazy

    • (March 2020) -Received funding through the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Program for 2019-20 
  • Randy Villegas

    • (April 2020) -Awarded a CARE-UC Graduate Innovation Fellowship for Spring and Summer 2020 
    • (Summer 2019) -Selected as a Center on Democracy and Organizing Summer Institute Fellow.
    • (2019-2020) -Selected as an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.
    • (Summer 2018) -Awarded a scholarship through the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Fund for Latino Scholarship in.
  • Natali Levin Schwartz

    • (March 2020) -Received funding through the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Program for 2019-20 
  • Jess Whatcott

    • Awarded a one quarter Dissertation Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Martín Ordóñez

    • Awarded a one quarter Dissertation Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Sandra Harvey

    • 2017-18 -UCI Chancellor's Advance Postdoctoral Fellow in CLS, Assistant Professor position at University of Memphis
  • Juan Diego Prieto

    • President's Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • James Beneda

    • Hired as a Behavioral Research Scientist at the Office of People Analytics, Defense Personnel and Security Research Center
  • Mike Wilson

    • Awarded a one quarter Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Also, designated a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace