Jennifer Martinez-Medina (she/her/ella) is a Public Affairs and Policy Doctoral Candidate at Portland State University. Her dissertation currently examines how remittances and the food labor system shape civic participation and government responsiveness in the United States and Latin America. Her research agenda engages in fundamental questions about how the rise of free-market policies and globalization impact expressions of community, citizenship, and participation. As a daughter to farmworkers and sister of a deported veteran, her family's legacy in California and Mexico is the foundation of how she understands the construction of political rights across borders. She has taught a range of political science and policy courses at Portland State University and San Diego State University. She aspires to integrate her research skills with community outreach, advocacy, and storytelling to inform today's governance demands.