Amalia Pallares is Associate Professor of Political Science and Latin American and Latino Studies. She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Texas. She studies social movements, ethnicity and race in Latin America and in the U.S, focusing on the relationship between political activism and identity formation among newly politicized groups. Her book From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: the Ecuadorian Andes in the late Twentieth Century analyzes the social, economic and political conditions that inform contemporary indigenous activism and identity in Ecuador. Other areas of study in Latin America include rural politics, political protest, and political change. Her work on immigrant communities in the United States studies the ways in which notions of nation, region and race inform immigrants' social and political attitudes, behaviors, and organizing experiences. More recently, she has focused on immigrant activism in Chicago. She co-edited a book manuscript entitled Marcha: Latino Chicago and the National Immigrant Movement,* *(forthcoming 2010)* *which explores the role played by institutions, collective organizing experiences, political coalitions and public policies in shaping immigrant activism and subjectivities. She is also developing a manuscript on the framing of the family separation issue in the immigrant rights movement. Prof. Pallares teaches courses on Latin American Politics, comparative Politics, Latino Politics, identity politics, social movements, race, ethnicity and politics in the Americas, and state theory.