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American Political Science Association selects student for national honor

Magaña at the New Leadership event at the Idaho State Capitol. Photo provided by Karla Magaña

The American Political Science Association has chosen Karla Magaña, a senior at Boise State, as one of 18 APSA Diversity Fellowship Program Fellows in the U.S. for 2021-2022.

Magaña grew up in Rigby, Idaho. She is a senior honors student studying political science. Her research interests include race and ethnic politics and identity politics intersecting with political institutions and government accountability. As a McNair Scholar, Magaña is  conducting independent research regarding local government transparency, Latinx farmworkers, and COIVD-19 infection rate. Her interest in Latinx farmworkers stems from her undergraduate research experience as a research assistant at Boise State as well as a participant in the 2020 MIT Summer Research Program. Magaña has presented her research at the 2020 Emerging Scholars Conference as well as the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference. Her ambition is to attain her Ph.D. and become a professor of political science. Magaña hopes to inspire and support other first-generation students of color like herself to pursue careers as scholars.

Photo provided by Karla Magaña

The Diversity Fellowship Program, formerly the Minority Fellowship Program, was established in 1969 to increase the number of under-represented scholars in the political science discipline. Since 1969, the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program has designated more than 500 fellows and contributed to the completion of doctoral political science programs for over 100 individuals.

Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association 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, visit or email