The UCLA Luskin Transdisciplinary Speaker Series hosts speakers from across the social sciences whose work on issues of public affairs cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Our hope is to foster an intellectually rigorous and publicly meaningful seminar program that will draw together faculty members from Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning, as well as interested students and engaged members of the community.

Chair: Michael Manville.
Faculty Members: Lené Levy-Storm, Carlos Santos, Kelly Turner, Emily Weisburst.

2019-2020 Schedule

Monday, February 24, 2020

Punishment without Crime:  How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal

Alexandra Natapoff, UCI School of Law
Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Joint Appointment in Criminology, Law & Society
Co-Director, Center in Law, Society and Culture

Time: 3:30 – 5 pm
Location: Room 5391, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Monday, March 9, 2020

Race Against Time: Investigative Research to Bring White Supremacists to Justice

Jerry Mitchell, American Investigative Reporter
Founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting
Recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant
Pulitzer Prize finalist

Time: 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Room 2355, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy

Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University
Professor of American Institutions
2019-2020 Radcliffe Institute Fellow
2019 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow
Serves on the steering committee of the Scholars Strategy Network

Time: 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Location: Room 5391, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Friday, May 8, 2020

Climate Change and Equity

Jalonne White-Newsome, The Kresge Foundation
Senior Program Officer
Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Room 2343, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Urban Youth, Social Media, and Violent Crime

Forrest Stuart, Stanford University
Associate Professor of Sociology
Director of the Stanford Ethnography Lab

Time: 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Location: Room 5391, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Humanitarian Aid to Undocumented Migrants

Scott Warren, Arizona State University
Lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Leading figure in the humanitarian activist group No Más Muertes (No More Deaths)

Time: 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Location: Room 5391, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Climate Change Policy

Marshall Burke, Stanford University
Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science
Center Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University
Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Time: 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Location: Room 5391, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

2018-2019 Schedule

Monday, November 19, 2018

Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life

The inaugural event of the UCLA Luskin Transdisciplinary Speaker Series will explore the experiences and politics of black Americans since 1900, the subject of a new book co-written by Professor Hunter.

Marcus Anthony Hunter
Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Chair of African American Studies, UCLA

Time: 3:30 – 5 pm
Location: Room 5391, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The De Facto Criminalization of Serious Mental Illness in the United States:

Anthropological/Clinical Perspectives from Los Angeles Streets

Philippe Bourgois 
Professor of Anthropology and Director of Center for Social Medicine
Semel Institute of Neuroscience/Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

Time: 3:30 – 5 pm
Location: Room 2343, UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Race, Science, and Justice

Dorothy Roberts
Director, Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology; Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights; Professor of Africana Studies,  University of Pennsylvania

Time:  3:30 – 5 pm
Location:  Room 2343, UCLA Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Civic Feedbacks: Linking Participation, Organizational Strategy, and Influence over Public Policy

Hahrie Han
Anton Vonk Professor of Political Science
UC Santa Barbara

Time:  3:30 – 5 pm
Location: Room 5391, UCLA Public Affairs Building

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Repugnant to the Whole Idea of a Democratic Society?  On the Role of Philanthropy

Rob Reich

Professor of Political Science, Director of the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society
Co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University

Time:  3:30 – 5 pm
Location:  Room 5391, UCLA Public Affairs Building

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Demographic and Geographic Variation in Drug, Alcohol, and Suicide Mortality in the U.S.

Shannon M. Monnat

Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, Associate Professor of Sociology
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Time:  3:30 – 5 pm
Location:  Room 5391, UCLA Public Affairs Building