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2012 Hellman Fellows

Claire L. Adida

Understanding how vulnerable minorities navigate discriminatory environments (UCSD)

Claire Adida is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego as well as a faculty affiliate in several academic labs and study groups. Her work focuses on how countries manage new and existing forms of diversity and how identity, immigration, and intergroup cooperation and conflict influence policy and politics.

She received the 2012 Hellman Fellows award at the end of her second year in San Diego, during a time when she was struggling to frame her research and secure funding. The award enabled her to make significant progress on her post-dissertation investigation and to support two graduate students working in the field to collect additional data. Importantly, it helped her overcome the psychological barrier of transitioning from her graduate student role to faculty status and to demonstrate her ability to produce new and exciting findings to her department. She has since received substantial extramural grant support from funders including the National Science Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has published her work extensively.

Thanks to the promise the Hellman Foundation saw in my work, I was able to establish myself as a scholar and mentor.

– Claire Adida, Ph.D.

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