Graduate Students

Angela X. Ocampo

Contact Information

Office  Bunche 3165


M.A. Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles (2014); B.A. Ethnic Studies and International Relations, Honors, Brown University (2010).

Fields of Study

Race, Ethnicity and Politics; American Politics


Angela's general research interests focus on the political behavior of racial, ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. as well as the politics of immigration. More specifically, she investigates the political behavior of Latinos in the U.S. both at the individual and at the elite level. Her dissertation examines how feelings of belonging to U.S. society, or lack of belonging, condition the experiences of Latinos and in turn influence their level and frequency of political engagement. Angela's research also examines the process by which Latinos become elected officials.   Specifically, she investigates how contextual, electoral, institutional, and structural forces, as well as policy demanders, shape the path of Latinos and other minorities to elected office.

Grants and Awards

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (2017)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2016-2017)

UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant (2016-2017)

UCLA Political Psychology Dissertation Research Fellowship (2016)

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award (2015)

UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Award (2014-2015)

UCLA American Politics and Race, Ethnicity and Politics Fellowship (2014)

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award (2013)


Matt A. Barreto (chair), David O. Sears, Lynn Vavreck, Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, and Roger Waldinger.