Angela X. Ocampo is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and was raised in White Plains, NY.
Dr. Ocampo specializes in American politics with a focus on race, ethnicity and politics. Her current book project examines the notion of perceived belonging to U.S. society and its influence on political interest and political engagement among Latinos. Dr. Ocampo’s research agenda examines the political incorporation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities both as every-day participants and as political elites within American institutions. Specifically, she investigates the factors that mobilize Latinos and other minorities to engage politically at different levels. Her research also explores how political parties and institutional forces shape the path of minorities into elected office.
Her research has been supported by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the U.S. (UC MEXUS), the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA’s Political Psychology Fellowship, APSA’s Fund for Latino Scholarship and APSA's Warren E. Miller Fund in Electoral Politics. Dr. Ocampo's research has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Research, Politics, Groups and Identities and Latino Studies.