Politics graduate student recognized by the American Political Science Association

July 21, 2016

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce that Berny Lazareno, a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz, has been named as a 2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow, spring cycle.

Berny Lazareno is currently a graduate student and Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow in the Politics Department. He holds a BA in political science from California State University, Northridge; and MA in political science with an emphasis in global politics from California State University, Long Beach.  His research fields of interests are political institutions, comparative political economy, urban governance, and neighborhood associations. Berny is currently studying the influence that local political institutional arrangements have on contemporary urban government policy making. His current research project investigates the emergence of formal neighborhood associations that are established by local governments and institutionally link neighborhoods’ access to the policymaking process. He is particularly interested in identifying how neighborhood associations are used to legitimize or delegitimize local government policies and how local community and/or neighborhood identity impacts residents’ experiences with neighborhood associations. Upon completion of his doctorate, Berny plans to teach at a university and produce research that is relevant to both policy analysts and the Academy.

The MFP was established in 1969 to increase the number of under-represented scholars in the political science discipline. Since 1969, the APSA Minority Fellowship has designated more than 500 Fellows, both funded and unfunded, and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals. Fall fellows are college or university seniors, graduates, or Master's students who plan on applying to a PhD program in political science. Spring fellows are first and second year PhD students in political science. APSA Minority Fellows are very active in the discipline as faculty members, researchers, and mentors. Visitwww.apsanet.org/mfp to learn more about the APSA MFP program and recent fellows.

Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. For additional information on APSA diversity and inclusion programs, please visit: http://www.apsanet.org/diversityprograms or email diversityprograms@apsanet.org.