Yoshira D. Macias-Mejia is a PhD candidate in the department of political science and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Doctoral Fellow. She is a Southern California native who graduated from California State University, Northridge with her bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in philosophy. She also holds a M.A. in political science with concentrations in American politics and public policy from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests focus primarily in political behavior, race ethnicity, and gender. With regards to public policy, she focuses on family, health, and social policy. Her dissertation examines Latino millennilals' political behavior and identity with a comparison of non-Latino millennials.