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My research is focused on understanding the sociopolitical incorporation of racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S both as every-day participants and as political elites within American institutions. My research primarily focuses on Latinas/os/xs in the U.S. 

I am interested in understanding the factors that mobilize or depress political engagement among minorities and Latinxs. I am also interested in exploring the forces that shape the path of ethnoracial minorities into elected office.

I am currently working on a book project, which in dissertation form was awarded APSA's Best Dissertation in Race, Ethnicity and Politics. This project investigates how feelings of belonging to U.S. society (or lack of belonging) influence attitudes and political behavior among Latinxs.


My 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.


Ocampo, Angela X., Sergio I. Garcia-Rios and Angela E. Gutierrez. 2021. "Háblame de tí: Latino mobilization, group dynamics and issue prioritization in the 2020 Election." OnlineFirst. The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. DOI:

Ocampo, Angie N. and Angela X. Ocampo. 2020. "Disaggregating the Latina/o/x 'Umbrella': The Political Attitudes of U.S. Colombians." Latino Studies, 18, 390-419.

Ocampo, Angela X. and John L. Ray. 2020. "Many are Called but Few are Chosen: The Emergence of Latino Congressional Candidates." Politics, Groups and Identities, 8(4),738-761.

Gutierrez, Angela E., Angela X. Ocampo, Matt A. Barreto and Gary Segura. 2019. "Somos Más: How Racial Threat and Anger Mobilized Latino Voters in the Trump Era." Political Research Quarterly, 72(4), 960-975.

Ocampo, Angela X., Karam Dana and Matt A. Barreto. 2018. "The American Muslim Voter: Community Belonging and Political Participation." Social Science Research, 72:84-99.

Ocampo, Angela X. 2018. "The Wielding Influence of Political Networks: Representation in Majority- Latino Districts." Political Research Quarterly, 71(1):184-198.

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