Twice each year, Luskin Forum magazine highlights UCLA Luskin’s 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 web page, and PDF copies of Luskin Forum editions since 2013 can be downloaded from the linked images at the bottom.

Current Issue

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(Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Our Research Centers
With a theme of “Research Centers in Action,” most stories in this issue focus on the vital role of research entities in the UCLA Luskin educational experience and their importance to the School’s research and community-service missions.

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ITS, Lewis Center Have Thrived for Decades
Two of Luskin’s oldest centers promote a faculty-student research relationship that for many is a hallmark of the Luskin School experience.

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A Case Study of Community-Led Research
Luskin Center for Innovation’s approach to the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) project exemplifies community-driven research.

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An Institute Whose Name Is Also Its Mission
The Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy, now in its sixth year, produces research in support of providing activists and advocates a voice in policymaking.

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The Young and Mighty LPPI
Student fellows gain valuable experience helping the Latino-focused think tank provide data-driven insights to policymakers.

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Faculty Also Lead Research Centers Across Campus
Our faculty lead research entities outside the School, including a newly hired faculty director at one center and a longtime professor with new responsibility at another.

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Faculty, Students United by International Interests
The Global Lab for Research in Action is just one of several UCLA Luskin entities that help unite faculty members, staff and students who share a distinctly international focus.

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At the Intersection of ‘Multiple Vulnerabilities’
Hub for Health Intervention, Policy and Practice connects scholars, policymakers and advocates for those battling poverty, racism, homophobia and discrimination of all kinds.

Message From the Dean
Today, faculty from dozens of departments and programs across nearly every division/school on the campus participate in one or more UCLA Luskin research center.

In Support of UCLA Luskin
Meyer Luskin sharing life lessons is among recent events, gifts and fellowship efforts.

Alumni Notes
UCLA Luskin alumni in leadership roles include transportation leaders, state officials, a local mayor, the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts and more.

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

Previous 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.

A Selection of Stories From Earlier Issues

The UCLA Luskin Trailblazers were the first Bruins to complete the School’s bachelor of arts in public affairs in June 2021. Read about the program and how its energetic students and new alumni are already making an impact. Also highlighted is a special report about four of the Trailblazers.

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

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.

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

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

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.