Maximilian Buchholz

Max Buchholz is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Urban Planning and an affiliate with the California Center for Population Research. His research examines the causes of disparities in economic opportunity across cities. A key theme in his work is understanding how the drivers of economic disparities across city-regions also produce unequal outcomes for different segments of the population (e.g. across race, gender, or educational attainment).

Max’s work at UCLA is funded by a National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. In this research, he is examining whether increasing urbanization within U.S. cities causes racial and gender income inequality to increase.

Max holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto, as well as MA and BA degrees in Latin American Studies and history from UCLA and UC Berkeley. Prior to coming to UCLA, Max was the Pollman Postdoctoral Fellow in Real Estate and Urban Development at Harvard. He also spent several years working for a community development organization in Los Angeles where he developed afterschool enrichment programming for high school students from low-income communities.

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Emily Erickson – GRADUATED

Emily Erickson’s research examines immigrant experiences of urban America with a focus in the areas of low wage work, urban poverty, and the community effects of the deportation fear.

Her dissertation explores how undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles and Albuquerque overcome the fear of deportation to participate in local and national level political movements. This is a continuation of previous work looking at the effects of deportation fear on community life – including research into the experiences of undocumented students at UCLA.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American history and development sociology from UC Davis and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from UC San Diego.

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