Roberto Gonzales is a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the everyday experiences of poor, minority, and immigrant youth along the life course. He is recognized as one of the nations leading experts on undocumented immigrant youth and young adults. Over the last decade he has been engaged in critical inquiry regarding what happens to undocumented immigrant children as they make transitions to adolescence and young adulthood. He is completing a book project based on a 12 year study of undocumented young adults in Los Angeles and is the Principal Investigator of the National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP), a national longitudinal study to better understand the impacts of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The project is the largest data collection effort to date on the population of undocumented immigrant youth and young adults.