Deyanira Nevárez Martínez, from URP, receives Emerging Poverty Scholar Fellowship from the Institute of Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
This fellowship provides support for the career development and success of promising emerging poverty scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Deyanira Nevárez Martínez, Ph.D., who joined our faculty this fall as an assistant professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, has received an Emerging Poverty Scholar Fellowship from the Institute of Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is one of five national scholars who were selected to receive this prestigious award.
Through funding made available from the JPB Foundation, this fellowship provides support for the career development and success of promising emerging poverty scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. The program also aims to establish relationships with other poverty scholars to foster future collaboration and advance poverty scholarship. This includes unique one-on-one mentoring from nationally renowned senior poverty scholars to provide guidance in career advancement.
Dr. Nevárez Martínez will receive $60K over two-years as part of the fellowship which she will use to commence a research project that examines how Latinx individuals and families in Michigan farmworking communities experience homelessness and housing precarity, and how they navigate their efforts to seek and obtain assistance from the existing homeless and housing services bureaucracy.
“I am truly honored to receive this fellowship and I am humbled to be in the company of such amazing scholars from across the country, all of whom are doing incredibly important work. I am most grateful for the opportunity to be able to do this research in hopes of helping to improve the lives of those in vulnerable housing situations," said Nevárez Martínez.
“The award of this fellowship proves Dr. Nevárez Martínez as one of the national emerging poverty scholars. The support from the fellowship, plus her passion and enthusiasm in helping minoritized populations, will give Dr. Nevárez Martínez an excellent start in studying Michigan farmworking communities. Being one of the five excellent awardees of the fellowship, Dr. Nevárez Martínez will be able to expand her academic network nationwide. I am excited about this opportunity for her and what she will discover from the study,” said Ming-Han Li, Director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction.