Challenges

The work of the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA is motivated by challenges in the real world.

The COVID-19 Crisis and the Importance of Data Sovereignty in Indigenous Communities

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"Indigenous Peoples across the country continue to be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. As of May 18, 2020, the Navajo Nation has the highest Covid-19 case rates surpassing New York, the pandemic’s epicenter in the United…

UCLA Professor Eric Avila Discusses the Historical Link between White Supremacy and Los Angeles Transportation Plans

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In a recent KCRW Greater L.A. podcast titled, "LA Freeways: The infrastructure of racism," UCLA Professor Eric Avila spoke about how White Supremacy motivated some city transportation plans. For example, "Boyle Heights...was redlined by banks…

UCLA Professor Safiya Noble Pens A Reckoning for Restoration and Reparation

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For the newly launched magazine, NOEMA, Dr. Safiya Noble wrote an essay that calls out the titans of technology, and challenges us all to look at the societal needs of this pivotal moment. As calls for abolition and racial justice echo from…

UCLA California Policy Lab's Latest Policy Brief Highlights the Difficulties CA. Workers Continue to Experience as the Economy Re-Opens

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The UCLA California Policy Lab has released their fourth policy brief focused on Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in California since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March. The latest policy brief, "An Analysis of Unemployment Insurance…

UCLA Podcast "Then & Now" Connects Past to Present with Professor Robin Kelley

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UCLA's Luskin Center for History and Policy (LCHP) has continued to be a leading voice in connecting past to present. The center's "Then & Now" podcast has tackled some of the most challenge topics of the day by connecting them to the…

Dean Darnell Hunt Interviewed Live on CNN and Other Major News Outlets To Discuss Police Brutality and Protests

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Today, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences Darnell Hunt appeared on The Lead CNN with Jake Tapper to discuss police brutality and the breaking news of the day dealing with the nationwide protests against racism and injustice.  Watch the video…

UCLA Leadership Releases Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter and Provides Expertise in Protest Coverage

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On May 30, 2020, UCLA Leadership released the statement below to the campus community regarding the nationwide protests. According to the UCLA Newsroom, "shortly before midnight on Saturday, 37 campus leaders, including the presidents…

LA Social Science Presents "Conversations with Changemakers" Featuring UCLA Law Professor Jennifer Chacón

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UCLA Law Professor, NYTimes op-ed author, and Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) Faculty Expert Jennifer Chacón gives a comprehensive overview of COVID-19 and current immigration laws and policies. She describes the negative…

UCLA LPPI Brief Finds L.A. Black & Latino Neighborhoods Lack Resources During Safer-at-Home Order

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On May 19, 2020, UCLA's Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, and Ong and Associates (an economic and policy analysis consulting firm) issued the brief, "Struggling to Stay Home: How COVID-19…