Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Social Welfare
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz
Areas of Interest:Economic and Political Inequality, Public Opinion, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Representation, Survey Analysis
Office Location:6317, Public Affairs
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Martin Gilens is a Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Social Welfare at UCLA. His research examines representation, public opinion, and mass media, especially in relation to inequality and public policy. Professor Gilens is the author of Affluence & Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America, and Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy, and coauthor (with Benjamin I. Page) of Democracy in America?: What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do about It. He has published widely on political inequality, mass media, race, gender, and welfare politics. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Professor Gilens is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and taught at Yale and Princeton universities before joining the Luskin School at UCLA in 2018.
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