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Diversity Fellow Finds Niche in AAPI Politics

Story by Lorie Parch

Edward Berdan is feeling lucky.

Lucky to have recently received the prestigious American Political Science Association (ASPA) Diversity Fellowship . Lucky to be a graduate student at Chico State, from which he’ll soon graduate with a master’s in political science. Lucky to have just learned he’s been accepted into UCLA’s PhD program.

But Berdan, who is Filipino-American, counts himself most fortunate to be able to do work that will help raise the profile of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

“AAPI aren’t usually represented heavily in the [political science] profession because the topic of AAPI politics isn’t heavily researched,” he notes. “When it comes to race and ethnic politics, you hear about the Black community, the Asian community as a whole, and the Latino community. But the problem is that the Asian community is not monolithic.”

Berdan has already started working to correct the dearth of research in AAPI politics. As an undergraduate at Fresno State, the political science and economics student got his first taste of conducting quantitative research. By the time he came to Chico State for graduate work, he knew what he wanted to pursue and where.“I made a conscious effort to stay at the CSU—I […]

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