Angela X. Ocampo is a PhD Candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, focusing on Race, Ethnicity and Politics and American Politics. More specifically, Angela focuses on Latina/o political behavior. Angela earned a B.A. with Honors in Ethnic Studies and International Relations at Brown University. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Angela’s dissertation examines how a sense of belonging influences Latinos to engage politically. Angela’s dissertation is supported by the University of California Institute for Mexico & the U.S. (UC MEXUS) and the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
Angela’s general research interests focus on the politics of immigration and Latino political behavior. Some of her previous work has looked at the contextual and environmental determinants of public opinion on various immigration policies. Her current book project with Professor John Zaller and Professor Kathleen Bawn looks at party nominations and candidate recruitment in open seat races for the U.S. House of Representatives. In this project, Angela is specifically looking at the emergence of Latino candidates in majority-Latino congressional districts. Her recent co-authored piece with John Ray looks at the emergence and success of Latino candidates.
Angela is looking to continue to expand her work on policy demands on the issue of immigration and minority access to elected office. She also seeks to expand her work on habitual voting among Latinos, and the process by which Latinos and other minorities can develop consistent levels of participation.