Ana Luisa Oaxaca Carrasco is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California – Los Angeles. Her research creates synergy between literatures on representation, immigration politics, and race and ethnicity. She undertakes this synthesis to study how political institutions shape the political representation of immigrant constituencies at the local level. In her dissertation, she develops a new theory of local elite behavior given the presence of nationalization. The project builds a comprehensive understanding of the strategic decision-making process undertaken by municipal officials constrained by federal, state, and municipal governments when confronted with the representation of non-voting populations. The Fund for Latino Scholarship will fund the completion of her fieldwork collecting, organizing, and analyzing over 60 interviews with mayors and city council members across the United States.