Ana-Christina Ramón – Managing Editor and Contributor
Dr. Ramón is the Director of Research and Civic Engagement for the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Ramón is a social psychologist trained in quantitative and qualitative methods. For over a decade, she has worked on social justice issues related to equity and access in higher education and the entertainment industry. Her past research has also focused on conflict perceptions and racial and gender stereotypes. She is the co-Principal Investigator of the Hollywood Advancement Project and manages its graduate research team. She is also the co-author (with Dr. Hunt) of the past five Hollywood Diversity Reports, most recently the “Hollywood Diversity Report 2018: Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities.” She co-edited a book (with Dr. Darnell Hunt) titled Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities (New York University Press, 2010). On behalf of California Social Science Researchers, she also co-authored (with Dr. Hunt) amicus briefs in support of affirmative action that were submitted to the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals and to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was most recently the Assistant Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Dr. Ramón has a B.A. in psychology from Stanford, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Mike Hoa Nguyen – Assistant Editor and Contributor
Mr. Nguyen is a PhD Candidate at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, with a graduate concentration in Asian American Studies. His research focuses on federal, state, and institutional diversity policy and initiatives in higher education.
Lara Drasin – Copy Editor and Contributor
Ms. Drasin is a student in the inaugural cohort of UCLA’s Master of Social Science program. She is also a professional communications and crisis public relations strategist, writer and editor. Her research centers on myth and ideological values embedded in modern media and entertainment, and how to tap into them when storytelling to overcome polarization and create social change. Lara is especially passionate about finding ways to bridge the divide between academia, the media and the general public, so she is excited about using her editing skills to help UCLA professors bring their research and its applications to a wider audience through LA Social Science. Lara is a graduate of NYU, where she received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and sociology.