Ángel Mendiola Ross is currently a PhD student in sociology with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. He conducts research at the intersection of (sub)urban sociology, race and inequality, housing, and policing. Their most recent project empirically tests evidence of racial threat and renter threat in California suburbs with a focus on communities on the receiving end of gentrification and displacement from the coastal urban core. Before pursuing a PhD, they received a Master of City Planning from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and BAs in sociology and economics from the University of Southern California. They previously worked as a senior research associate at PolicyLink based in Oakland, California.