Belinda Reyes was formerly a founding faculty member at the University of California, Merced, and a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her publications include: Holding the Line? The Effect of the Recent Border Build-up on Unauthorized Immigration; Taking the Oath: An Analysis of Naturalization in California and the United States; and A Portrait of Race and Ethnicity in California: An Assessment of Social and Economic Well-Being. They explore different dimensions of immigration, policy, and the social and economic progress of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. She also conducted research on racial diversity on education. In Systems of Elections, Latino Representation, and Student Outcomes in Central California and Faculty, Managers, and Administrators in the University of California, 1996 to 2002, Reyes explores ethnic diversity in higher education and k-12 and the potential consequences of under-representation. Her research focuses on the policy issues confronting the Latino and immigrant population in the United States. She has briefed various federal, state, and local governmental bodies and addressed numerous civic organizations. She has been a senior program associate at PolicyLink; lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; a research fellow at the University of Michigan; and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.