Caleb Griffin, MS, MA

I am a Fulbright-Hays Fellow and PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I focus on regional and religious identities, and how those identities interact with public policy.


PhD, Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Political Science, 2021
  • Intro to Political Science Discussion Sections, 2023
  • Race and Ethnic Politics, 2024

Teaching Assistantships

  • The U.S. Constitution, 2019
  • Politics & Media, 2020
  • Intro to Political Science, 2023

Research Assistantships

  • Cara Wong, 2021-2022

Departmental Service

  • President of the Political Science Graduate Student Association, 2023-2024
  • Faculty Search Committee: 2022
  • Co-Social Chair for Political Science Graduate Student Association, 2021-2022
  • Project lead: Brownbag faculty & student lunches, 2021-2022
  • Project co-lead: Mentorship program, 2021-2022
  • Visits Committee: 2020-2022
  • Peer Mentor: 2020-2023

Discipline Service

  • Reviewer for Critique Magazine
  • Panel Chair: Illinois State Political Science Student Conference, 2021

MA, Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MS, Applied Community & Economic Development
Illinois State University

BA, Political Science
Brigham Young University

Conference Presentations


  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2024): $49,302
  • Dorman Award (2024): $500
  • ASMEA (Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa) Research Fellowship (2023): $2,500
  • Policy & Legislative Research Fellowship (2022-2023): $20,000
  • ASREC (Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, & Culture) Workshop Fellowship: $1,000
  • Charles M. Kneier Fellowship (2021-2022): $2,052
  • Samuel K. Gove Fellowship (2020): $549


  • University of Illinois List of Instructors Ranked as Excellent by their Students (2023)
  • Rita & Leonard Ogren Prize for Academic Achievement (2022)
  • Pass with Distinction on UIUC Politics Specialized Exam (2022)
  • Pass with Distinction on UIUC Politics General Exam (2021)
  • James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Nominee (2018)

Published Work

Journal Publications

  • Dickens on Political Representation and Responsiveness. The Dickensian (Forthcoming 2024).

Honour Societies

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Golden Key International


  • Programming & Markup: R, LaTeX, Markdown

  • Human: Español, الدارجة

Other Professional Experience

Legislative Fellow
The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois

I worked in the office of an Illinois state legislator (51st district) on a year-long project involving best practices in state recruitment of police officers.

Writing Instructor
The University of Utah

I taught academic writing for the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water. My work included lecturing, grading, editing, curriculum-development, and other activities designed to help graduate engineering students complete excellent master’s theses. I also designed and taught academic writing workshops for students and faculty, which I carried out in Mehran University in Pakistan.

Research Assistant
Social Research Institute

My role included database management, program evaluation, statistical analysis, and conducting literature reviews for three non-profits that contracted with the Social Research Institute (a research branch of the University of Utah College of Social Work).

Youth Development Specialist
United States Peace Corps 

I served in the community of Imouzzer Kandar, working with the Greenside Development Foundation, an NGO which helps young people and women in Morocco obtain the skills necessary to find stable employment. My work included grant writing, project design, teaching, and many other activities. I also taught English at the Women’s Empowerment Center in Imouzzer.

Legislative Research Assistant
Utah State Legislature

Assisted policy analysts and state legislators in various capacities. This included creating presentations for interim committees, preparing reports and memos, and conducting research.

Research Coordinator
Teens Act

Directed evaluation projects including conducting, compiling, and analyzing survey data for students and mentors. Created quarterly and annual reports for school administrators and the board of directors. Maintained a student database and carried out several large research projects. Drafted partnership proposals for Utah Valley University and the BYU Psychology department. Collaborated on a cohort project with the BYU Sociology department. Managed three interns and directed research assignments for them.

Congressional Intern
U.S. House of Representatives

Interned in Washington D.C. for the Arizona 8th District. My work included constituent relations, proofreading, research, and clerical work.