At the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning and policymaking, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs identifies and develops emerging areas of research and teaching, cultivating leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
Founded in 1994, UCLA Luskin incorporates the best practices in scholarship, research and teaching in the fields of social work, urban and regional planning, and policymaking. The unique intersection of these disciplines within one school allows for academic cross-collaboration and a rich education that values diverse perspectives at the macro- and micro- organizational levels. Graduates of the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs are well prepared to take leadership roles and effect change as practitioners, researchers and policymakers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors.
Faculty of the Luskin School of Public Affairs are actively engaged in research that addresses pressing national and regional issues including immigration, drug policy, prison reform, health care financing, transportation and the environment, national security, economic development, and an aging U.S. and world population. The School is named after Meyer and Renee Luskin—UCLA alumni, Angelenos and philanthropists—who generously gave a $100 million gift to UCLA, half of which funded endowments in the School of Public Affairs. On March 18, 2011, the School was officially named the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Master’s degrees in Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban and Regional Planning.
Doctoral programs in Social Welfare and Urban Planning.
Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs.
Undergraduate minors in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and Urban and Regional Studies.
Student body: 1,190 students
- 163 Public Policy students
- 250 Social Welfare students (38 Ph.D.)
- 182 Urban Planning students (35 Ph.D.)
- 595 Undergraduate (242 continuing majors, 268 pre-majors, 148 minors)
Numbers accurate as of Fall 2023
Living Alumni: 9,601
- 1,159 Public Policy
- 4,863 Social Welfare
- 3,071 Urban Planning
- 233 Public Administration
- 275 Undergraduate Program
Interim Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning
Before beginning her appointment as Interim Dean at UCLA Luskin in January 2023, Professor Loukaitou-Sideris was Associate Dean (2012-2022) and a core member of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative.
She has also served as UCLA’s Associate Provost for Academic Planning from 2016 to 2019 and as the Chair of the UCLA Urban Planning Department (2002-2008).
She holds degrees in architecture and urban planning. Her research integrates social and spatial issues and emphasizes the need in planning, urban design, and policymaking to understand the perspectives of those who live and work in a community, and especially those of the most vulnerable populations.
She is the author or editor of 13 scholarly books and over 150 scholarly articles and chapters, and she has written on issues relating to mobility and safety, women’s travel, homelessness in transportation environments, gentrification and displacement, ethnic neighborhoods, and inner-city and downtown development and revitalization, among other topics.
Professor Loukaitou-Sideris’s research on sexual harassment in public and transit environments was instrumental in the passing of the SB 1161 in California against sexual harassment on transit, and she was recently invited and gave a briefing to the White House Gender Policy Council on this topic.
Board of Advisors
The UCLA Luskin Board of Advisors consists of volunteer leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sectors who provide guidance to the dean and academic department directors. As interested observers, they are less likely to get mired in day-to-day minutiae and instead think about the big picture, dreaming of how things could be better at the School, within academia or in society as a whole.
“Our commitment to the School is, obviously, to be ambassadors but also to be active participants,” said Jeffrey Seymour, a longtime member of the UCLA Luskin Board of Advisors and former chair. That participation means attending meetings and serving on subcommittees that deal with aspects such as event planning, philanthropy or mentorship.
In 2012, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs used the opportunity presented by the generous $50-million naming gift from Meyer and Renee Luskin to rethink and plan how to meet the challenges of our time. This Strategic Planning effort redefined the future of the School, the future of the field of public affairs, and the future of how public universities respond to society’s greatest problems.
In 2020, a committee of staff and faculty revisited the Strategic Plan to assess the progress that had been made and identify remaining challenges to be addressed. The updated plan also discusses issues that have emerged during the intervening years and sets forth additional priorities as appropriate.
These comprehensive planning projects focused on identifying the world’s most pressing problems, developing new opportunities for UCLA Luskin to address them, and creating the knowledge base, tools and initiatives that are required for the School to continue playing a leadership role today and in the future.
Documents related to the plan may be accessed as PDFs at these links:
- Strategic Plan (PDF)
2012 Strategic Planning Documents
You may also download all three 2012 documents in zipped format – (ZIP)
Note: Some UCLA Luskin-affiliated departments, research centers and administrative offices have engaged in strategic planning processes of their own, and those documents may be found elsewhere on this website or by contacting the respective unit.
OFFICE OF THE DEAN
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Research Development Associate
Assistant Dean for Operations and Administration
Assistant Director of Recruitment & Admissions
Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment
General Inquiries and Advising
Senior Executive Director of External Relations
Senior Director of Development
Associate Director of Development
Associate Director of Stewardship
Stacey Yukari Hirose
Manager (Faculty, AP, and Finance)
Director of Student Affairs
Academic Program Coordinator
Director of Undergraduate Administration and Experiential Learning
Director of Student Services
Associate Director of Undergraduate Education
STUDENT AFFAIRS & ALUMNI RELATIONS
Director, Office of Student Affairs & Alumni Relations
Director of Alumni Engagement
Assistant Director of Career Services
Assistant Director of Student Support Services
Luskin Equity Advisor
Department of Urban Planning
Faculty Advisor, D3 Initiative
Field Education Faculty of Social Welfare
Staff Advisor, D3 Initiative
Executive Assistant to the Dean
D3 Student Project Managers
Amil Hogan MPP
Savanna Hogan MSW
Jessica Tomas Lopez MURP
The Luskin School of Public Affairs building is located in the northeast section of the UCLA campus adjacent to the Murphy Sculpture Garden. Visitors to the School should plan on entering campus through the Hilgard entrance and park in Structure 3.
When classes are not in session from mid-June to late-September, the best days to visit are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
337 Charles E. Young Dr. East
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