Chris Zepeda-Millan

Chris Zepeda-Millan

Chris Zepeda-Millan

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 Studies and Public Policy, and the Director of Faculty Research for the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI).

Born and raised in the East Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights, Chris 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 Latino politics has been published in top political science and interdisciplinary academic journals. Professor Zepeda-Millán’s book Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism (Cambridge University Press) received multiple national book awards. He is currently working on a second book (also to be published by Cambridge University Press), which examines President Trump’s border wall, child caging, and family separation policies.

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, where he also chaired the Center for Research on Social Change.


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


  • Social Movements/Political Activism
  • Immigration Policy
  • Racial Politics
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Latino Politics
  • Migrant Rights Activism
  • Politics of the Hood
  • No Walls, No Borders