Minority Fellowship Program

Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research that is relevant to today’s global society. Alpha Kappa Delta proudly contributes annually to fully sponsor one Minority Fellow recipient.


2019-2020 AKD Sponsored MFP

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear is a dual PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona and demography at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her research interests are both sociological and interdisciplinary, including social demography, critical statistics, racial and ethnic classification, health disparities, and stratification. Desi is advancing two related research streams: one focuses on data justice for Indigenous communities; the second critically explores the enumeration and classification of Indigenous peoples in official statistics and tribal data systems. Her mixed-methods dissertation examines the intersection of racial classification, collective identity, and tribal citizenship through the lenses of statistical statecraft and critical theories of race. She specializes in quantitative methods and has partnered with Indigenous communities in the U.S. and internationally as a survey researcher for more than 10 years. Her book manuscript Surveying Indigenous Communities: Methods and Case Studies is in preparation. Beyond research, Desi is committed to training new generations of Indigenous data warriors, raising a toddler, and enjoying her family. She is the Co-founder of the U.S. Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN) and on the Board of Directors for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Database. Desi is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Chicana. She grew up on the Cheyenne homeland in rural Montana where she says, “The buffalo still roam and reservation borders crossed all of us.”

Past AKD Sponsored Minority Program Recipients 

2018-2019  Kelly Marie Ward, University of California-Irvine
2017-2018  Salvador Rangel, University of California – Santa Barbara
2016-2017  Yader Lanuza, University of California Irvine
2015-2016  Nnenia Campbell, University of Colorado at Boulder
2014-2015  Jackelyn Hwang, Harvard University
2013-2014  Matthew Town, Portland State University
2012-2013  Brandi Gilbert, University of Colorado at Boulder
2011-2012  Sean Aravasirikul, University of California – San Fransisco
2010-2011  Eugenia Conde, Texas A&M University
2009-2010  Mosi Ifatunji, University at Illinois – Chicago
2008-2009  Louis Esparza, SUNY Stony Brook
2007-2008  Demetrius Semien, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2006-2007  Amanda Armenta, University of California – Los Angeles
2005-2006  David Embrick, Texas A&M University