Carolina Valdivia is a doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University. She is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests include immigration, law and society, race and ethnicity, and social movements. Her work explores the ways through which illegality impacts the lives of immigrant youth and their families, including their educational trajectories and political participation. Her current project explores how deportation and its omnipresent threat shape the life trajectories of immigrant young adults.