Chris Zepeda-Millán

Chris Zepeda-Millán

Associate Professor
Core Faculty

Public Policy

Office: Public Affairs 6383


Phone: (310) 825-7667


Chris Zepeda-Millán is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chicana/o & Central American Studies, Public Policy, Political Science, Sociology and Labor Studies, as well as a faculty affiliate of the Latino Policy & Politics Institute (LPPI) at UCLA.

Born and raised in the East Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights, Professor Zepeda-Millán was the first Chicano to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research on social movements, immigration, and Latinx politics has been published in top political science and interdisciplinary academic journals. Professor Zepeda-Millán’s first book Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism (Cambridge University Press 2017) received multiple national book awards. He recently finished a second book (co-authored with Sophia Wallace) titled Walls, Cages and Family Separation: Race and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era (Cambridge University Press 2020).

As a publicly engaged scholar, Professor Zepeda-Millán has worked with local and national community organizations, been interviewed by local, national and international media outlets, published op-eds in newspapers across the country, and has been an invited contributor to NBC News, Latino Decisions, the London School of Economics’ USA blog, The Progress magazine, and The Huffington Post. He has also been involved in various social movements related to environmental and global justice, labor, student, immigrant and indigenous rights issues.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Professor Zepeda-Millán was a Provost Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago, and held faculty positions in the Department of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University and the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.


  • PhD, Government, Cornell University
  • MA, Government, Cornell University
  • BA, Political Science & Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University


  • Social Movements
  • Immigration Policy
  • Racial Politics
  • Labor Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Walls, Cages and Family Separation: Race and Immigration Policy in the Trump Era (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism
    (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • “Do Latinos Still Support Immigrant Rights Activism? Examining Latino Attitudes a Decade After the 2006 Protest Wave.”
    With Sophia Jordán Wallace. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS), 2019
  • “Mobilizing for Immigrant Rights Under Trump.”
    With Sophia Jordán Wallace. In Charting the Resistance: The Emergence of the Movement Against President Donald Trump. Eds. Sidney Tarrow and David Mayer, Oxford University Press, 2018
  • “The Political Effects of Having Undocumented Parents: How Parental Illegality Impacts the Political Behavior of their U.S.-Born Children.”
    With Alex Street and Michael Jones-Correa. Political Research Quarterly, 2017
  • “The Impact of Large-Scale Collective Action on Latino Perceptions of Commonality and Competition with African-Americans.”
    With Michael Jones-Correa and Sophia Jordán Wallace. Social Science Quarterly (SSQ), 2016
  • “Weapons of the (Not So) Weak: Immigrant Mass Mobilization in the U.S. South.”
    Critical Sociology, 2016
  • “Mass Deportation and the Future of Latino Partisanship.”
    With Alex Street and Michael Jones-Correa. Social Science Quarterly (SSQ), 2015
  • “Perceptions of Threat, Demographic Diversity, and the Framing of Illegality: Explaining (non)Participation in New York’s 2006 Immigrant Protests.”
    Political Research Quarterly (PRQ), 2014
  • “Spatial and Temporal Proximity: Examining the Effects of Protests on Political Attitudes.”
    With Sophia Jordán Wallace and Michael Jones-Correa. American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), 2014
  • “Triangulation in Social Movement Research.”
    With Phil M. Ayoub and Sophia Jordán Wallace. Methodological Practices In Social Movement Research. Donatella della Porta (Ed.), Oxford University Press, 2014


  • Social Movements
  • Immigration Policy & Politics
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • Latinx Politics
  • International Migrant Rights Activism
  • Urban Politics
  • Latinx Labor