subcategory for PhD students of the various Luskin programs

Teo Wickland

Hi, I’m Teo Wickland, a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA.

My research focuses on naturecultural aspects of transportation:

  • How transportation systems are culturally, environmentally and historically specific;
  • How transportation is implicated in systems of power;
  • How the ways that we move affect and derive from the ways that we think and relate.

My research is driven by my desires to promote justice, diversity, and abundant possibility—in, of and through transportation. I believe in pluralistic futures, by which I mean both: the potential for multiple, radically different futures to come to pass; and the feasibility and value of futures full of diversity. In particular, I believe that diverse, culturally- and ecologically-informed transportation paradigms are essential to the abundant futures we collectively desire.

Miriam Pinski

Miriam is a doctoral student in Urban Planning, concentrating in transportation planning and policy. Her research focuses broadly on travel and the built environment, transportation economics and finance, law enforcement and transportation, and mobility among vulnerable demographic groups including women, older adults, and people with low incomes.

Hilary Malson

Hilary Malson is a planning and geography scholar whose research focuses on people’s planning histories, Black life, housing justice, migration and displacement, and community building. From 2017-2020, she stewarded numerous initiatives of the Housing Justice in Unequal Cities research coordination network, an NSF-funded program of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy; in particular, she oversaw the publication of numerous open access publications, including Housing Justice in Unequal Cities and the Methodologies for Housing Justice Resource Guide (English / Espanol).
Hilary holds a decade of work experience in public history (Smithsonian, National Trust) and community development (Mt. Airy CDC). She earned a BA in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and a MSc in Urbanization and Development (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is presently a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, an editorial board member of Critical Planning Journal, and a collective member of the Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action.
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Emma Mehlig French

Emma is a PhD student in Urban Planning and a Graduate Student Researcher with the Luskin Center for Innovation. Her research seeks to understand the nature and causes of maladaptation in local climate planning. Her work is grounded in the political nature of planning, as well as a strong belief in the power of individuals and social movements to shift practice through coordinated action. At the Luskin Center, Emma is helping to evaluate the first round of the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program, a state-funded, community-led initiative aimed at reducing local greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health and economic wellbeing in California.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Emma was a Research Scientist at the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she helped launch the Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation Initiative. In 2016, Emma received a Smart Cities Fellowship, which she used to help fund independent research on the role of smart city technologies in participatory environmental planning in West Atlanta. Emma received a Master’s of City and Regional Planning and a MSc in Public Policy from Georgia Tech, and a BA in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College.

Kate Watson

Kate Watson is a doctoral student in Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She researches childhood trauma and well-being from an ecological perspective and using qualitative and quantitative methods. Her interests include trauma-informed approaches in settings, including child welfare and schools.  

Kate earned a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) with a concentration in Social and Economic Justice from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University in Washington, D.C. A passionate advocate for children and youth, Kate has served on the boards of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, as chair of the LAJCC Foundation, and as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for foster youth.

ResearchGate Link here.

Chaoyue Wu

Chaoyue Wu is a first-year doctoral student in Social Welfare. She graduated with her LL.B. in social work from Beijing Institute of Technology and her M.A. in social policy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include school violence, child maltreatment, child development, mental and behavioral health, and quantitative research methods.

Before joining the PhD program at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, she worked as a research assistant on diverse projects in different Chinese societies (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), examining the risk factors for violence involvement and the negative impacts of victimization experience on mental and behavioral health among marginalized children and adolescents.

Chenglin Hong

Chenglin Hong is a first-year PhD student in Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He earned his MSW and MPH from the School of Social  Work and Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, Seattle (UW).  

Chenglin’s research focuses on addressing HIV/STD-related disparities among  sexual and gender minorities (SGM), especially among communities of color. His current work aims to explore how human-centered design and engineering  (HCDE), social media, and new technologies can be utilized for health promotion  and disease prevention. He is particularly interested in examining factors  associated with HIV/STI testing and the uptake of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and people  who use drugs. His long-term goal is to develop effective, evidence-based  interventions to decrease risk behaviors and health disparities among SGM by using online platforms and mobile apps.  

Chenglin is currently working on various research projects on HIV/STD treatment, care, and prevention in China, Uganda, Ukraine, and the Philippines with  researchers from the UW Department of Global Health/Psychology, Emory  University, and UCSF, etc. Before his graduate studies, he served as a clinical  social worker with people living with HIV in the Chinese Center for Disease Control  and Prevention (China CDC) and worked with US CDC, China CDC, and Gates Foundations to strengthen training and support for health care workers in the care  and treatment of people living with HIV in China. 

Jihyun Oh

Jihyun Oh earned her BA in Social Welfare at the Catholic University of Korea, her MA in Social Welfare at Seoul National University, and her MSW at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. Prior to entering the UCLA doctoral program, in 2006-2011, she worked for various projects regarding measuring national minimum cost of living and producing Korean Welfare Panel Study data in the Division of Basic Social Security Research at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (a government-funded think tank). After completing her MSW, in 2017-2018, she interned in Partners for Our Children (UW-affiliated child welfare research center) in Seattle. Drawing on her research and practicum experiences in both Seoul and Seattle, Jihyun’s main research interest is child welfare and its association with relevant factors from both institutional and intergenerational contexts including parenting quality. Through her doctoral study at UCLA, Jihyun hopes to develop more comprehensive and systematic analysis that can contribute to improvements in child support policy and practice.