Amber Tierney is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Amber’s research interests focus on social movements, race and ethnicity, immigrant and American Indian political behavior, and the media. Her dissertation uses a mixed methods approach to explore how pre-settler populations resisted U.S. assimilation policies and the socio-political legacies of this resistance. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy with an emphasis on welfare and immigration policy as well as a M.A. in political science focusing on immigration and American politics. Before her graduate school career, Amber worked on community development, volunteerism, and service learning programs building bridges between college universities and local non-profit organizations as a Program Director for AmeriCorps. Amber’s work has been published in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (2012); The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy (2014); and Players and Arenas: The Interactive Dynamics of Protest (forthcoming). Her studies have been supported by the UCI Center for the Study of Democracy, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, and the National Science Foundation.