French Major Named APSA Minority Fellow

January 22, 2020
Raymundo Lopez

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce that Raymundo Lopez, a senior at Sonoma State University, has been named as a 2020-2021 APSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow.

Raymundo Lopez is a senior at Sonoma State University, where his unique experience in the foster care system has led him to research the intricacies of the legislative process, equity in the electoral arena, and Latina/o politics. Double majoring in Political Science and French, he has held research positions in culturally rich settings. In the realm of political science, his research has been supported by Michigan State University, The George Washington University, and DSPolitical, LLC. His contributions to the French language appear in works for the Center for Civil and Political Rights in Togo, Africa, and France’s United Nations Development Program in Model UN. As a McNair scholar, he is studying the electoral disenfranchisement of American citizens in the Caribbean. In his PhD program, Raymundo intends to pursue an American Politics concentration and challenge his understanding of statistical modeling to provide inclusive and data-driven insights for underrepresented communities.

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. Visit 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 us online at or email