UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


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.
March 04, 2011
On February 18, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs held its 7th annual School of Public Affairs Day at Los Angeles City Hall. Hosted each year by City Controller Wendy Greuel, the annual event brings graduate students from the Departments of Public Policy, Urban Planning and Social Welfare, to downtown LA to study an urban social policy issue impacting the city of Los Angeles. This year, the topic was "How should the City of Los Angeles prioritize its renewable energy goals while creating accountability to the DWP ratepayers?"


February 09, 2011
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Albert Carnesale, UCLA chancellor emeritus and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and public policy, as a new member. He is among 68 new members and nine foreign associates chosen for this top honor this year, the NAE announced today (Feb.


January 06, 2011
Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman was recently featured on NPR to discuss new figures showing a "spectacularly dramatic" drop in homicide rates in both Los Angeles and nationwide. Speculation behind these numbers consider an increase in officers, gang crackdowns, neighborhood initiatives, socio-economic changes, and policing strategies.
January 06, 2011
Associate professor of public policy Andrew Sabl recently wrote a strategy memo that was published in The Democratic Strategist, a journal of public opinion and political strategy.In the piece, Sabl puts forward the idea that "Obama cannot be an activist, an organizer and a legislator at the same time. He is right to redefine himself but has not successfully made one coherent role his own."Read the complete article.


November 03, 2010
This election season, the nation turned its focus on California as a barometer of public discussion and policymaking.  On three of the major ballot initiatives that drew national attention, faculty from the UCLA School of Public Affairs brought their expertise into the public sphere to discuss the possible consequences of this year’s vote:  
November 02, 2010
What does it mean to be rich in Los Angeles? Public Policy Professor Michael Stoll spoke with American Public Media's Marketplace on the issue of what $250,000 buys an individual in two distinct LA neighborhoods. Separated by six miles, Stoll describes Rodeo Road and Rodeo Drive to have substantially different standards of living, household incomes, and crime rates. The story explores varying perspectives and lifestyles within Los Angeles, and what an average American lifestyle really resembles.


October 29, 2010
Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy, was honored on October 27, 2010 by Angeles Plaza City View during the organization's 30th anniversary celebration.  Opened in 1980, Angelus Plaza is the largest affordable housing community for older adults in the nation.
October 12, 2010
The upcoming documentary Gerrymandering resurfaces the controversial nature of behind redistricting, and CNN spoke with Dean Frank Gilliam to gain perspective on the matter. The coverage discussed whether voters will make changes to reform the system through independent commissions. In effect, the November ballot in several states, such as California's Proposition 20 and 27, are asking people to take politicians out of the "horse trading" process. As Gilliam put it: