Born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in sociology from Brown University in 2015, along with an MA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2009 and a BA from Northeastern Illinois University in 2003. Michael was awarded the 2016 American Sociological Association Dissertation Award, which was the basis of his forthcoming book, Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demography (Princeton University Press). Currently, Michael is spearheading a community-based archival project in collaboration with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, an organization that he has supported and participated in for the past two decades. Prior to graduate school, Michael was one of the founders of Batey Urbano, the Humboldt Park No Se Vende campaign, and La Voz del Paseo Boricua newspaper.