APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship 2021 Young Professional

The APPAM Equity & Inclusion Young Professional Fellowship will support up 5 young professionals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the APPAM Fall Research Conference. Applicants must be within 5 years of receiving their Masters or PhD Degrees. The recipients will be recognized for their accomplishments and will also have opportunities to formally network with each other, Student Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Recipients and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee. They will also have many opportunities to informally network with other students and professionals during the conference.

Congratulations to the 2021 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship recipients!


Clinton Boyd, Jr., University of Chicago

Jeffrey ChenU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Jetson Leder-LuisBoston University

Elizabeth RuleAmerican University

Calvin TysonPrince George's County Police Department


Clinton Boyd, Jr.


Dr. Clinton Boyd, Jr. is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Boyd utilizes evidence to ensure fathers of color are valued as assets to their children, families, and communities. His research primarily studies how the life course events of men of color affect their experiences as parents. Boyd’s research also explores strengthening father involvement in early childhood, positive youth development, workforce readiness, and Responsible Fatherhood programs. His current work includes developing a culturally relevant intervention framework for young, African American fathers in low-income urban settings. Boyd is also currently evaluating a pilot program in North Carolina’s Durham County to remove barriers to employment and self-sufficiency for residents without a valid driver’s license, many of whom are fathers of color. His research also focuses on the use of qualitative research methods in policy development and program evaluation.

Before transitioning to Chapin Hall, Boyd was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, where he conducted research on race and ethnicity, inequality, family policy, and parenting in Black families. Boyd also taught courses related to African and African American studies and Global Inequality at Duke University. Boyd also served as a consultant with Morehouse School of Medicine, where he designed and implemented a wraparound program for justice-involved youth in Atlanta, Georgia. In his capacity as a consultant, Boyd also pursued diversified partnerships with policymakers, foundations, high-wealth individuals, corporations, and community leaders to support his positive youth development work.  

Boyd received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Concordia University Chicago, a Master of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University, a Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University. He served as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.  

Jeffrey Chen


Jeffrey is a Social Science Analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research, which conducts research on priority housing and community development issues to help inform policy decisions. He has more than five years of experience in community development, working with organizations such as the United Nations, GIZ, the Peace Corps, and the World Bank. Prior to his current position, Jeffrey was a research assistant at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, where his work focused on energy’s role in addressing poverty and combating climate change. He holds a BS in finance and accounting from New York University and an MPA in quantitative analysis from Columbia University.


Jetson Leder-Luis


Jetson Leder-Luis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Markets, Public Policy, and Law at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Jetson is an economist studying public economics, health economics and political economy.  His research interests focus on fraud, misreporting and overbilling in public expenditures, particularly in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as the consequences of these behaviors for public spending and patient health outcomes.  He also studies the detection and deterrence of fraud and corruption, as well as the statistical properties of misreported data.

Jetson received his Bachelor of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Economics from Caltech in 2014 and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2020, where his advisors were Jim Poterba and Ben Olken. In 2019-2020, he was a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow and a Predoctoral Fellow in Health and Aging at the NBER.  He was the winner of the 2020 Annual Dissertation Award from the American Society of Hispanic Economists.  Jetson is an alumnus of the Stamps Scholars program, The Masters School, and REACH Prep, a bridge program for black and Latino youth.


Elizabeth Rule


Dr. Elizabeth Rule (Chickasaw Nation) is Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University. Rule’s research on Indigenous issues has been featured in the Washington Post, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, The Atlantic, Newsy, and NPR. She is also a published author, releasing articles in American Quarterly and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Rule has two forthcoming monographs. The first, Reproducing Resistance: Gendered Violence and Indigenous Nationhood, analyzes the intersection of violence against Native women, reproductive justice, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; this work received the Julien Mezey Award from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities in 2020.

Rule’s second monograph, Indigenous DC: Native Peoples and the Nation’s Capital, analyzes historical and contemporary sites of Indigenous importance in Washington and compliments her Guide to Indigenous DC mobile application. Previously, Dr. Rule has held posts as Director of the Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy and Faculty in Residence at George Washington University, MIT Indigenous Communities Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow at American University, and Ford Foundation Fellow. Rule received her Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies


Calvin Tyson


Calvin L. Tyson is a 17-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland, one of the nation’s largest local law enforcement agencies. He has had various duty assignments during his career, including serving as a patrol officer, detective, police academy instructor, and police department spokesperson. He currently serves as a commander within the Bureau of Forensic Science and Intelligence.

While having a demanding career, Calvin pursued graduate studies full time. He is a 2020 graduate of Bowie State University, where he earned a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Public Policy and Management. He earned his undergraduate degree in Government and Politics in 2003 from the University of Maryland, College Park shortly before starting his law enforcement career. Calvin’s research interests center around policies and practices in law enforcement that have a direct impact on the population served. Specifically, he is interested in how law enforcement policies, such as proactive enforcement, zero-tolerance policing, and profiling affect minority communities. Calvin is also a member of Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated