Veteran journalist and UCLA faculty member Jon Christensen has been named editor of Boom: A Journal of California published by the University of California Press.
An example of what Christensen calls "humanities journalism," the quarterly magazine focuses on "California in the world" and strives to bring scholars, researchers, journalists, decision leaders, policymakers, writers, photographers, and artists into conversation with each other around the crucial issues of our times.
"As an internationally important university in the heart of a global metropolis, UCLA is the perfect home for a journal of California in the world," said Christensen, who moved to UCLA in the fall from Stanford, where he directed the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, journalism and new media. Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor and Pritzker fellow in UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the history department.
Hannah Love, journals publishing manager at UC Press, said, "Jon’s passion for California, his cross-disciplinary approach to research and writing, and his new home within the UC make him an excellent fit for taking up the journal at this critical time."
Now in its third year, Boom received initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The first issue to come out of UCLA this fall will focus on the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the past, present, and future of our water supply, and the ways that water connects the city to California and the American West. The journal received a grant from Metabolic Studio for that special issue.
With support from UCLA’s English and History departments, three graduate students — Sara Torres, Robert Smith, and Anne Powers — are now working on the journal as assistant editors, gaining professional experience in writing, editing, publishing, and communications, in print and online.