Olivia González's research centers on the experiences of historically marginalized groups at the intersections of entertainment media production and education in the United States. Her work interrogates the politics of race and gender within contemporary structures of media production, with a specific focus on the storytelling practices and professional socialization of aspiring film and television producers of color.

Prior to attending Annenberg, Olivia graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with an honors B.A. in Communication Studies. Her honors thesis, "'Mom and dad don't get it': Investigating Adolescents' Motivations for Participating in the Internet Meme Genre", explored how adolescents strategically utilize Internet memes in their communication practices to negotiate identity formation and to develop and sustain interpersonal relationships. Olivia is a Ronald E. McNair scholar, and a member of the Lambda Pi Eta and Phi Beta Kappa national honor societies.