Challenges

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

Bargaining for the Common Good: An Analysis of the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike

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By Betty Hung, Staff Director, and Kent Wong, Director, UCLA Labor Center Thirty-four thousand Los Angeles teachers launched a six-day strike from January 14 to 22, 2019, impacting five hundred thousand students and their families. On…

UCLA Lecturer Works as Lead Attorney on Texas Voter Purge Case

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These last two weeks, a court in San Antonio, Texas has taken evidence in a case challenging the state's targeting of non-native born Americans who are legally registered to vote.  UCLA Lecturer, Chad Dunn, examined a number of witnesses…

Testimony on Voting Rights Issues

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The U.S. House Committee on Administration was authorized by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to conduct field hearings, at locations around the country, on voting rights issues. The committee decided to conduct its first such hearing in Brownsville,…

Nail Files: Low-Wage Work in the National Nail Salon Sector

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By Preeti Sharma, Saba Waheed, and Vina Nguyen With the holiday season upon us, many people will visit salons to be pampered and have their nails done. Once a place of luxury for elite women only, US nail salons were democratized in the…

LA Social Science Presents “Conversations with Changemakers” Featuring Bryonn Bain and Rosie Rios - Part 2

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By Lara Drasin Read Part 1 of this interview HERE. Bryonn Bain is a UCLA professor jointly appointed in the African American Studies and World Arts and Cultures/Dance departments, as well as a prison activist, spoken word poet, hip-hop…

LA Social Science Presents “Conversations with Changemakers” Featuring Bryonn Bain and Rosie Rios

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By Lara Drasin Bryonn Bain is a UCLA professor jointly appointed in the African American Studies and World Arts and Cultures/Dance departments, as well as a prison activist, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, actor and author. He is the founder…

When They Call You a Criminal

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By Rosie Rios, Administrative Director, UCLA Prison Education Program “We, the people. We are not criminals. I am not a criminal. I am Arlena. I am beautiful. I am stardust.”                                                                                         …

Fear Is a Party Animal

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By Sarah Gavish, UCLA Master of Social Science ‘18 In an era where adult Americans consume 12+ hours of media per day, the relationship between media and public perception has never been more complex - or fascinating.  Does media actually…

UCLA Faculty and Alumni Discuss the Past and Present Politicization of the US Census

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Comparative historical sociologists, Professors Dylan Riley and Patricia Ahmed (UCLA alumni) and Professor Rebecca Jean Emigh (UCLA faculty) highlight the pitfalls of Trump administration’s current immigration and census policies, using…