With roots in Latin America, Jessica Diaz-Hurtado's work focuses on immigration, race, conflict and culture. She received her B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was awarded the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Scholarship. She also received her M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. In 2014 she directed and produced her award-winning documentary series, Ta Ligado: Rodas e Hip Hop no Rio, on Rio de Janeiro's youth hip hop culture. After graduating, she was a freelance multimedia journalist in South America. She is currently a 2016-17 Kroc Fellow.