Tabitha Bonilla is currently a research assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Tabitha earned her PhD from Stanford University, and previously worked as a Post-Doctoral Scholar and Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of political communication, representation, and identity. Her work includes understanding how communication matters for representation as well as how various communications alter support for public policies and social movements, including immigration, human trafficking, and Black Lives Matter. In one current project, Tabitha investigates how descriptive and substantive representation inform each other. The award from the Fund for Latino Scholarship will pay for gift card rewards for interview participants in summer 2019.