Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

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Core Faculty

Chris Zepeda-Millan

Assistant Professor
Comparative Ethnic Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies

Social Movements; Immigration; Race & Ethnic Politics; Public Opinion; Interdisiplinary Research Methods

Ph.D. in Government, Cornell University

M.A. in Government, Cornell University

B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Political Science, Loyola Marymount University


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Bio & Research Interests

Born and raised in the East Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights, in 2011 Chris Zepeda-Millán became the first Chicano to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University. In 2012 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 recently published by Cambridge University Press.

As a publicly engaged scholar, Prof. Zepeda-Millán has been interviewed by several local, national, and international media outlets, including: the LA Times, La Opinion, Univision, PBS, Colorlines magazine, several Pacifica Network radio stations, as well as Canadian, Japanese, Brazilian, and Vietnamese television stations and newspapers. His public intellectual work includes working with local and national community organizations, publishing op-eds in local newspapers across the country, being an invited contributor to NBC News, NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America) Report, Latino Decisions, and the London School of Economic's USAPP blog, and he frequently writes for The Progress magazine and The Huffington Post. Prof. Zepeda-Millan has been involved in a various social movements related to global justice, labor, student, immigrant, enviormental and indigenous rights. He is the Faculty Chair of UC Berkeley's Center for Research on Social Change.




Courses Taught

Social Movements

Immigration Policy & Politics

Racial & Ethnic Politics

Latina/o Politics

Research Methods

Urban Politics



Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism

Select publications

"The Political Effects of Having Undocumented Parents"
(with Alex Street and Michael Jones-Correa)
Political Research Quarterly, 2017.

"Weapons of the (Not So) Weak: Immigrant Mass Mobilization in the U.S. South"
Critical Sociology, Vol. 42, No.2, 2016.

"The Impact of Large-Scale Collective Action  on Latino Perceptions of
Commonality and Competition with African-Americans"

(with Michael Jones-Correa and Sophia Wallace)
Social Science Quarterly (SSQ), Vol. 97, No. 2, 2016

"Mass Deportation and the Future of Latino Partisanship"
(with Alex Street and Michael Jones-Correa)
Social Science Quarterly (SSQ). Vol. 96 (2): 540-552, 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), 67(4): 880-888, 2014.

“Triangulation in Social Movement Research”
(with Phil M. Ayoub and Sophia J. Wallace)
in Donatella della Porta (ed.), Methodological Practices In Social Movement Research, Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Spatial and Temporal Proximity: Examining the Effects of the 2006 Immigrant Rights Marches on Political Attitudes"
(with Sophia Wallace and Michael Jones-Correa)
American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), 58(2): 433-448, 2014.

"Surviving, Resisting, and Thriving [?] in the Ivy League"
Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review, 32(2): 61-66, 2014.

"Racialization in Times of Contention: How Social Movements Influence Latino Racial Identity"
(with Sophia Wallace)
Politics, Groups, and Identities (PGI), 1(4): 510-527, 2013.

"Undocumented Immigrant Activism and Rights"
Battleground Immigration: The New Immigrants, Vol. 2., Ed. Judith Warner, Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008.

Awards & Honors

  • Midwestern Political Science Assocation, Latino Caucus "Early Career Award," 2017.
  • John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies Research Grant for “Latino Decisions Cooperative Survey," 2016.
  • American Political Science Association's (APSA) Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section's "Best Paper Award" (co-authored with Sophia Wallace and Michael Jones-Correa), 2015.
  • Western Political Science Association's (WPSA) "Best Paper in Latino Politics Award) (co-authored with Alex Street and Michael Jones-Correa), 2015.
  • Russell Sage Foundation, $30,000 “Presidential Authority Award” for survey on the political attitudes and incorporation of U.S.-born children of documented and undocumented immigrants (Co-PI with Alex Street), 2013.
  • Cornell University Institute for the Social Science, $12,000 “Small Grant Award” to study U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. (Co-PI with Michael Jones-Correa and Alex Street), 2013.
  • American Political Science Association, national “Best Dissertation Award” from APSA's Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, 2012.
  • University of Chicago Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012.
  • LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Fellowship, Fall 2010-Spring 2011 Fellow                                                                                                                    
  • Yale University Bouchet Graduate Student Honors Society, 2010                    
  • Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 2010                          
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2009