Twice each year, UCLA Luskin produces a printed magazine known as the Luskin Forum that highlights our latest projects, publicizes recent research advances, and introduces our alumni and friends to the various personalities who make the School special. The stories are also posted on this website, and PDF copies of Luskin Forum editions since 2013 can be downloaded from the linked images at the bottom of this page. Here are recent stories:

Current Issue

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Growing Influence
Our cover story highlights UCLA Luskin research that influenced policy decisions about throwaway plastic tableware, street harassment and community policing.

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Mike Dukakis Taught Here
Faculty colleagues, past students and the former Massachusetts governor himself talk about Michael Dukakis and his lasting impact at the Luskin School.

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The Dollars and Sense of Growth
More faculty, more students, more research — yes, growth is good, but it does come with a price tag.

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New Faces and New Roles
The 2021-22 academic year brought new employees, plus many prior employees whose roles had changed.

Doubling Down at UCLA
Luskin undergrads bring a public service ethos to second majors, including some in arts and sciences.

Message From the Dean
Five years ago, I made a commitment to embrace and enhance the School’s well-established mission of helping, of doing good in the world. I believe we have kept that promise.

In Support of UCLA Luskin
Social justice, equity and diversity are among the priorities for new gifts, fellowships and other initiatives.

Alumni Notes
A reunion of the Class of 2020, plus alumni earning new academic achievements and taking on prominent professional service roles.

Alumni Accolades
Career changes, recent awards and other news about graduates from UCLA Luskin and its various departments.

Previous Issue

The UCLA Luskin Trailblazers — the first Bruins to complete the School’s new bachelor of arts in public affairs — celebrated the milestone during an in-person, physically distanced ceremony on campus in June 2021.

The cover story for this issue of the magazine goes into detail about the fast-growing program and how its energetic students are already making an impact through research and political activism.

Also highlighted is a special report about four of the Trailblazers. They shared personal reflections about their lives and kept photo journals that captured the joys and challenges of a senior year that took place remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All 5 New Faculty Additions Have Prior UCLA Experience
Incoming scholars whose expertise includes economic inequality, immigration, political participation, history and the Black experience, environmental economics, poverty, land use and transportation.

New Degrees to Benefit Working Professionals
Dual-degree program and proposed master’s in public administration will focus on cities, political issues and societal challenges from international and leadership perspectives

From Professional Skateboarder to Urban Planner
Photographer-turned-student changes course after more than 10 years working in the skateboard industry

Message From the Dean
After month upon month of a global pandemic and a national political crisis, two words stand out — renewal and resilience.

In Support of UCLA Luskin
Gifts and new initiatives focus on equality, patient care, gay sexuality, research and public discourse.

Alumni Notes
UCLA Luskin alumni provide suicide counseling, earn honors and found businesses seeking to change society for the better.

Alumni Accolades
Some of the recent career changes,  promotions and added responsibilities experienced by graduates of UCLA Luskin.

Stories From Earlier Issues

Social Welfare Seeks to Dismantle Anti-Blackness
Students, faculty and alumni examine curriculum and address racial disparities in social work education.

Tapping Into People’s Passion to Do Good
Paul Ong and the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge have already issued dozens of research papers on the impacts of the pandemic — often without securing funding first.

Advisory Boards Provide Inspiration, Perspective
Volunteer committees connect UCLA Luskin’s scholars to officials, community leaders and philanthropists.

Rising to the Challenge
When the coronavirus pandemic changed the world, UCLA Luskin acted quickly, moving to remote instruction and virtual platforms for many events — including commencement.

Called to Action
We profile some of the many UCLA Luskin students already making a difference in the world. It’s not just about pursuing an education for them, it’s a call to action!

Taking the Border Crisis to Heart
Team from UCLA Luskin Social Welfare travels to immigrant detention center in Texas to counsel mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S.

A Nexus of Latin Cities
New initiative Ciudades finds common ground in urban spaces across the Western hemisphere.

Giving Microeconomics a Human Face
Research by Manisha Shah bridges a worldwide policy gap between health, economics and education.

Who We Are

A special series of essays written by staff members from Communications and our various research centers. It’s a snapshot of the people and projects that make UCLA Luskin such a vibrant, thought-provoking and entertaining place to be.

PDF Archive

If you prefer to view the current issue or an older edition in the form in which it was printed, here is our archive of PDFs from the past few years.