Challenges

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

Reading Between the Battle Lines: Decoding Values in Tweets About Gun Control

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By Lara Drasin UCLA Master of Social Science 2018 Every day we’re influenced by the news, television and the movies we watch, and even family legends and community lore. In writing my master’s thesis, I wanted to understand: what exactly…

Helping Turn Seaweed into Biofuel

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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…

"Janus" Challenges Unions to Organize

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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…

First-Generation Students In Graduate School

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By Berto Solis, UCLA Master of Social Science, 2018 First-generation, or “first-gen,” students are the first in their families to go to college. When a first-gen student graduates from college and gets into a graduate program it’s…

Policing’s Role in Racial Segregation: 50 Years After the Fair Housing Act

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By Rahim Kurwa Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago “...They came in with shotguns. They came in in vests. They came in in riot gear, and they held guns on us like we were wanted criminals. They surrounded my house……

Dream Summer 2018: Engaging and Developing Immigrant Youth Leadership

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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…

We Need Social Sciences to Understand Disease Patterns

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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.…

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

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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,…

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

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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…