Entries by Managing Editor

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LA Social Science Election 2020: A Discussion with UCLA Alumni Experts About CA Prop 16 to Reinstate Affirmative Action

Two UCLA alumni experts explain the importance of Proposition 16. Professors Maria Ledesma and OiYan Poon give a full account of the importance of Affirmative Action and how the elimination of this policy in California heavily decreased opportunities and access for minorities and women. They further explain how critical it is to vote in the upcoming election […]

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LA Social Science Book Series on “Inventing Latinos” and American Racism with Professor Laura E. Gomez

In the latest interview in the book series, UCLA Professor Laura E. Gomez discusses her new book Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism where she provides a historical and comprehensive examination of how Latinos have become constructed as a racialized group in the United States. Professor Gomez also offers clear and powerful strategies […]

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LA Social Science Book Series on Language in the Trump Era with Dr. Norma Mendoza-Denton

In the latest interview in the book series, Dr. Norma Mendoza-Denton, UCLA Anthropology Professor, discusses her highly anticipated, co-edited book Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies that examines the power of language and how President Trump has used it to further his agenda. Interview Chapters: 0:00 – Intro 1:15 – What made you […]

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LA Social Science Book Series on the Poverty of Disaster with Dr. Tawny Paul

In the latest interview of the book series, we learn that one in four people went to debtors’ prison. The Poverty of Disaster is a historical account of financial insecurity in Eighteenth-Century England. Dr. Tawny Paul‘s approach to look at everyday economics and how it impacts the social and emotional lives of the English middle […]

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LA Social Science Book Series on the History of Chromosones with Dr. Soraya de Chadarevian

In the first interview of the book series, Heredity Under the Microscope author Dr. Soraya de Chadarevian, Professor in the Department of History and the Institute for Society and Genetics, speaks with LA Social Science about her new book that examines the history of research into chromosomes and heredity. Interview Chapters: 0:00 – Intro 1:04 […]

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LA Social Science Presents “Conversations with Changemakers” Featuring Dr. Otto Santa Ana Discussing DACA and the Supreme Court

Leading expert and pioneer in his field, UCLA distinguished Professor Otto Santa Ana takes us through a historical and contemporary account of how stereotypes of Latinos in the media have led to anti-immigrant and anti-Latino policy. He also discusses his latest research that was cited in the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld Deferred Action […]

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LA Social Science Election 2020: Latino and Asian Voters

UCLA Political Scientist and Race, Ethnicity, and Politics expert Dr. Natalie Masuoka discusses how changing demographics have affected the last elections. She describes how Asian American and Latino voters are advocating for their communities and are involved at the local, state and national levels. She also gives us some insight into how these voters may […]

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LA Social Science Presents “Conversations with Changemakers” Featuring Dr. Amada Armenta

The current state of relations between multiple arms of law enforcement and the similarities and differences between police brutality aimed at Latinos and African Americans is discussed with Dr. Amada Armenta, UCLA assistant professor in Urban Planning at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and a UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) faculty expert. […]