Alma is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She integrates research within education, race/ethnicity, class and culture to understand the academic and social experiences of first-generation college students. Beyond identifying factors affecting college accessibility and retention, her work explains how students draw on class and ethnic resources to navigate high school and post-secondary institutional cultures. In addition to broadening understandings of first-generation college students’ upward mobility trajectories, Alma also assesses how these pursuits shape students’ perceptions of their ethnic and working-class origins. She draws on both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in her analyses.