Yoshira D. Macias Mejia is a doctoral candidate in the department of Political Science where her areas of concentration are American and comparative politics. She is a first generation Mexican American and Southern California native. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with her bachelor's degree in Political Science. She also holds a M.A. in American Politics and Public Policy from the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation and research interests focus on how immigration policies segregate Latino immigrants into the informal labor economy and the effects of this on the outcomes of Latino immigrant's children.