Entries by Managing Editor

Do Legislative Bills Build Housing?

By Jan Breidenbach Senior Fellow, UCLA Department of Urban Planning This was the question addressed by the 2018 Community Scholars project. A joint initiative of UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Labor Center, and the Department of Urban Planning, Community Scholars is a two-quarter class that convenes graduate students with community, labor, and […]

Helping Turn Seaweed into Biofuel

By Kyle Cavanaugh Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Geography As efforts to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources intensify, scientists, government organizations, and corporations are eyeing a new source of renewable energy: macroalgae, more commonly known as “kelp.” Giant kelp, the largest species of algae, is incredibly productive – it can grow up […]

“Janus” Challenges Unions to Organize

By Kent Wong Director, UCLA Labor Center The Supreme Court decision in the Janus case is being celebrated by the Trump Administration as a major setback for the US labor movement, one that will undermine the last bastion of strength for unions who still represent millions of workers in the public sector. However, this conservative […]

Dream Summer 2018: Engaging and Developing Immigrant Youth Leadership

By Abel Valenzuela Jr. Professor and Director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment The increased ICE raids, daily attacks on immigrants, children separated from their parents at the border, and a host of other mean-spirited, chaotic, and destructive directives from the White House often leave me feeling numb and helpless. Then […]

We Need Social Sciences to Understand Disease Patterns

By Kayuet Liu Associate Professor, UCLA Sociology Affiliate, California Center for Population Research Medical science presumes biological risks drive disease patterns, but they have a hard time explaining many epidemiological patterns. Social network processes may be the key. For example: diagnoses of autism – which is supposedly the most genetically determined of all neuropsychiatric disorders […]

LA Social Science Presents “Conversations with Changemakers” Featuring Dr. Bill Worger

Dr. Bill Worger, Professor of History at UCLA, is working on some really interesting projects.  Recently, we caught up with Professor Worger to chat about teaching online classes, a research initiative that digitizes anti-apartheid posters, and comic books. LASS:     Where are you from and where did you go to school? BW:        I grew up in […]

Reflecting on an Evening of Art, Health, & Thinking Gender

By Drew Westmoreland, MSPH, PhD 2018 Thinking Gender Coordinator Thinking Gender, now in its 28th year, is an annual graduate student research conference organized by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) that features original student research on gender and sexuality. This year’s conference theme, Pre-existing Conditions, explored ongoing discussions around the connections […]