UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


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.
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.