UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


November 29, 2011
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has been appointed to the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ), a standing committee within the National Research Council (NRC).Kleiman, an expert on crime policy, was appointed to a two-year term beginning January 1, 2012, and is among six new members of the board approved for membership by Ralph J. Cicerone, Chairman of the national Research Council. Professor Kleiman also was recently named a National Institute of Justice Visiting Fellow.
November 28, 2011
Public Policy alumna Veronica Melvin has been named president and CEO of LA’s Promise, a nonprofit organization focusing on education, health and social outcomes for young people in South Los Angeles. Melvin, who most recently served as chief operating officer of Communities for Teaching Excellence in Los Angeles, begins her new post this month. Previously, she served as executive director of the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) for many years.


October 19, 2011
The Department of Public Policy of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs seeks to recruit a tenure-track, assistant professor (any rank) in public policy.  We seek candidates with interests in urban and social policy, immigration, science and technology policy, transportation, public infrastructure, and other related areas (domestic and/or international).
October 13, 2011
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has named UCLA Professor of Public Policy Mark Kleiman a Visiting Fellow for 2011-2012. NIJ Visiting Fellows are scholars and professionals who currently work in the criminal justice field.  Prof. Kleiman’s recent work focuses on reducing crime and incarceration by substituting swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system generally and in community-corrections institutions specifically.


September 22, 2011
The Department of Public Policy of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs seeks to recruit an economist at the assistant or associate professor level. We seek candidates in particular with interests in health economics (domestic and/or international, including, but not limited to, health disparities). We welcome applicants with expected doctorates as well as those who have already received their doctorates.
September 16, 2011
While hundreds of thousands of Somalis suffer from a drought-caused famine, most aid from agencies continues to be blocked by militants in that country. However, unlike the 1990s, international military intervention doesn’t work and does not have much support, according to experts. A 2010 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) report by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs MPP alumna Bronwyn Bruton is cited in the Sept. 15 New York Times, in which she is quoted.


August 16, 2011
In the August 10 edition of UCLA News Week, professor of public policy Mark Kleiman talks about his new book Drugs and Drug Policy, and shares his thoughts on why rethinking drug policy could lead to lower drug use and drug-related crime.


May 12, 2011
WASHINGTON — Warning that the risk of dangerous climate change impacts is growing with every ton of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, a National Research Council committee today reiterated the pressing need for substantial action to limit the magnitude of climate change and to prepare to adapt to its impacts. The nation's options for responding to the risks posed by climate change are analyzed in a new report and the final volume in America's Climate Choices, a series of studies requested by Congress.


March 09, 2011
Is Barack Obama the most misunderstood president in American history? Political science professor Michael Haas thinks so. In his new book, The Aloha Zen President: How a Son of the 50th State May Revitalize America Based on 12 Multicultural Principles, Haas argues 12 multicultural principles uniquely developed in Hawai‘i are the source of President Obama’s charismatic personality and centrist political philosophy.