CAAPS Student Affiliates

Student affiliates of CAAPS

Camillia Redding is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her research examines the relationship between marginalized interest groups and bureaucratic agencies in American politics. Other interests include race and ethnic politics, representation, and democratic responsiveness. She is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and has also held fellowships with the American Political Science Association and Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM). Prior to coming to Columbia, Camillia received her B.A. in Political Science with honors from the University of Rochester. She also worked as a congressional intern in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Chaya Crowder is a B.A./M.A. graduate in Political Science and a John Kluge Scholar at Columbia University. She is the recipient of research funding from the Columbia Undergraduate Scholar's Program, which provides undergraduates with resources to pursue independent research projects. Under the direction of Professors Fredrick Harris in Political Science and Ted Shaw in the Law School, Chaya’s research project explored the black students' perception of affirmative action at Columbia. The research paper—entitled The Legal Reinterpretation of Affirmative Action and The Redefinition of What It Means To Be Black In The Ivy League: A Study of Black Student Perceptions of Affirmative Action--- was published in University of Washington’s Undergraduate Law Review. Chaya was also awarded the Social Justice Fellowship with the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union and the Center for Popular Democracy. Chaya’s academic interests are fueled by a desire to explore causes surrounding the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, unique ways that African Americans respond to those challenges.