Chris Zepeda-Millán: Latino Mass Mobilization, 11:30am-1:00pm, Friday, December 8, 2017, Charles E. Merrill Lounge

September 17, 2017

By , Assistant Professor, Latin American & Latino Studies 


In the spring of 2006, millions of Latinos across the country participated in the largest civil rights demonstrations in American history. In this timely and highly anticipated book, Chris Zepeda-Millán analyzes the background, course, and impacts of this unprecedented wave of protests, highlighting their unique local, national, and demographic dynamics. He finds that because of the particular ways the issue of immigrant illegality was racialized, federally proposed anti-immigrant legislation (H.R. 4437) helped transform Latinos' sense of latent group membership into the racial group consciousness that incited their engagement in large-scale collective action. Zepeda-Millán shows how nativist policy threats against disenfranchised undocumented immigrants can provoke a political backlash--on the streets and at the ballot box--from not only "people without papers," but also naturalized and U.S.-born citizens. Latino Mass Mobilization is an important intervention into contemporary debates regarding immigration policy, social movements, and racial politics in the United States. 

zapeda-millan headshotBorn and raised in the East Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights, Chris Zepeda-Millán became the first Chicano to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2011. The following year, he received the national Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics. His research focuses on issues related to social movements, immigration, public opinion, racial politics, and interdisiplinary research methods, and has been published in the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), Political Research Quarterly (PRQ), Politics, Groups and Identities (PGI), Critical Sociology, the Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review, and Social Science Quarterly (SSQ). His first book, Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism, was published by Cambridge University Press in September of 2017.



This event is co-sponsored with the Student Achievement & Equity Innovation (SAEI) and Cultivamos Excelencia, part of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) program at UC Santa Cruz.

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