Angela X. Ocampo is an LSA Collegiate Fellow in Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she will be Assistant Professor of Political Science starting in Fall of 2020. 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, race, ethnicity and politics and methodology. Her current book project examines the notion of perceived belonging to U.S. society and its influence on political interest and political engagement. Dr. Ocampo’s research agenda examines the political incorporation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities both as every-day participants and as political leaders 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 QuarterlySocial Science Research and Politics, Groups and Identities.