Chris Zepeda-Millan was born and raised in the East L.A. barrio of Boyle Heights and is an associate professor in the Departments of Public Policy and Chicana/o & Central American Studies at UCLA. He is the author of two books, Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization & Activism and Walls, Cages & Family Separation: Immigration Policy in the Trump Era. His award-winning research has been published in top political science and interdisciplinary journals. He teaches classes on social movements, labor, immigration, and class. As a publicly engaged scholar, Professor Zepeda-Millan has participated in various movements for labor, student, indigenous, racial, environmental and migrant rights.