The 2020 election is shaping up to be a contest like no other in recent memory. With the country still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy in a deepening recession, voters will cast their ballots Nov. 3 for president and a host of statewide offices and propositions. UCLA faculty can comment on these topics and other vital election-related issues. See the topic links below for a list of experts.

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Election events:
► Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3–4 p.m.: The UCLA Undergraduate Education Initiative hosts “The 2020 Election, Public Perspectives, and COVID-19” with faculty members Lynn Vavreck, Timothy Tangherlini and M. Keith Chen, moderated by Sonni Waknin of UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative.
► Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5:30–8 p.m.: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health presents its Paul Torrens Health Forum,
“What’s at Stake for Health in the 2020 Elections,” moderated by UCLA’s Jerry Kominski.

 

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Lynn Vavreck

Vavreck, UCLA’s Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy, is an expert on elections, presidential campaigns and voter behavior. She is one of the principal researchers behind Nationscape, a wide-ranging weekly public opinion survey of the American electorate, and is the author of “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America” and “The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election.”

Matt Barreto

Barreto, a professor of political science and Chicana/o and Central American studies, specializes in Latino voting patterns, voting rights and how racial and ethnic minorites participate in politics. He is co-founder of the UCLA Voting Rights Project and the polling and research firm Latino Decisions and is the author of “Ethnic Cues: The Role of Shared Ethnicity in Latino Political Behavior.”

Cynthia Lebow

Lebow, a senior lecturer in the political science department, is an expert on American politics, presidential powers, the Supreme Court and constitutional law who previously served as general counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee under then-chariman Sen. Joe Biden.

Mark Peterson

Peterson is a professor of public policy and political science who specializes in elections, presidential politics and how the interactions among the presidency, Congress and interest groups affect domestic policy. He has written extensively on Congressional responses to presidential legislative initiatives.

Tim Groeling

Groeling is a professor of communication studies and an expert on political communications, campaign messaging, news coverage of candidates, and social media. He is the author of “When Politicians Attack: Party Discipline and the Media,” which addressed the 2012 campaign and Barack Obama’s prospects for reelection.

Sonja Diaz

Diaz is a practicing civil rights attorney, a policy adviser and the founding director of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, a think tank that addresses critical domestic policy challenges facing communities of color, including voting rights. She served as policy counsel to Sen. Kamala Harris during her first and second terms as California’s attorney general.

Lorrie Frasure-Yokley

Frasure-Yokley, an associate professor of political science and African American studies, is an expert on racial and ethnic politics and voting behavior patterns. She is the author of “Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs.”

Jon Michaels

Michaels is a professor of law and an expert on how government works, presidential powers, government privatization, national security law and constitutional law. He is the author of “Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic.” In addition to these topics, Michaels can comment on congressional powers, which include oversight of the U.S. Postal Service.

Juliet Williams

Williams is a professor of gender studies and an expert on gender roles in politics and feminist theory. She has published widely on the legal and cultural regulation of gender and sexuality.

Edward Walker

Walker is an associate professor of sociology and an expert on social movements and political lobbying by business interests. He has researched the ways that social movements challenge companies, governments, and other institutions. He is the author of “Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy.”

Efrén Pérez

Pérez is a professor of political science and psychology who directs the Race, Ethnicity, Politics, and Society experimental lab at UCLA. His scholarship focuses on political psychology, the political attitudes of racial and ethnic groups, and language and political thinking. He is the author of “Unspoken Politics: Implicit Attitudes and Political Thinking.”

Natalie Masuoka

Masuoka is an associate professor of political science and Asian American studies and an expert on racial and ethnic politics, immigration, political behavior, and public opinion. She is the author of “The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion and Immigration” and “Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States.”

Health concerns and in-person voting

Annabelle de St. Maurice

De St. Maurice is an assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-chief infection-prevention officer at UCLA Health. An expert on epidemiology and viral infections, she has written in the press about safety concerns around in-person voting this November and is a co-author of a UCLA Voting Rights Project white paper on voting during the pandemic.

Stress, anxiety and the elections

Emanuel Maidenberg

Maidenberg is a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He can comment on stress and anxiety tied to politics and the upcoming elections, as well as how indiviuals can navigage difficult interations with friends and family who don’t share their political ideology.

Jena Lee

Lee is a clinical instructor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA who is available to comment on how individuals can maintain their mental well-being amid the stress and anxiety caused by current politics and the upcoming elections.

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Zev Yaroslavsky

Yaroslavsky is director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and an authority on California state politics and government, having served 40 years as an elected state official.

Jim Newton

Newton, a lecturer in public policy and communications studies, is a former longtime journalist at the Los Angeles Times. The founding editor-in-chief of UCLA Blueprint magazine, he is an expert on Los Angeles and California government and politics, as well as media coverage of campaigns. His most recent book is “Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown.”

Propositions 17, 20 25: Parolees and bail

Sharon Dolovich

Dolovich is a professor of law and an expert on prison conditions and criminal punishment whose work has examined legal ethics and the protections against cruel and unusual punishment afforded by the Eighth Amendement, among other issues. 

Alicia Virani

Virani is associate director of the Criminal Justice Program at the UCLA School of Law and an expert on pretrial detention, alternatives to incarceration and restorative justice. She previously worked as a public defender in Orange County.

Proposition 22: Employment status for Uber and Lyft drivers

Saba Waheed

Waheed is a research director at the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on low-wage service industries such as taxis, restaurants, nail salons and domestic work, as well as sharing-economy businesses like Uber and Lyft.

Tia Koonse

Koonse is the legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Labor Center, where she conducts research on low-wage industries and laborers, including garment workers, restaurant worker, domestic workers and day laborers.

Proposition 14: Funding for stem cell research

Dr. Donald Kohn

Kohn is a professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology and a member of UCLA’s Broad Stem Cell Research Center. He is an expert on using stem cell therapies to treat genetic blood diseases and immune system disorders.

Amander Clark

Clark is a professor and chair of molecular, cell and developmental biology and member of UCLA’s Broad Stem Cell Research Center. A stem cell biologist specializing in pluripotency and germline cell differentiation, her research focuses on developing novel treatment options to improve women's reproductive health and the birth of healthy children.

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Hiroshi Motomura

Motomura is a professor of law and an expert on immigration and citizenship law. He has written extensively on the subject, has served as co-counsel on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has testified before Congress.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

Suárez-Orozco is the dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and an expert on immigration, the growing immigrant population in the U.S., globalization and education.

Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda

Hinojosa-Ojeda is an associate professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies and an expert on immigration and immigrants in the United States, with a focus on labor markets.

Ingrid Eagly

Eagly, a professor of law and faculty director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, is an expert on immigration law. Her research explores the intersection of immigration law and criminal justice, and her recent scholarship has focused on the right to counsel in immigration proceedings.

Laura Gomez

Laura Gómez, a professor of law and faculty director of UCLA's Critical Race Studies program, is a leading expert on race, law, politics and society. Gómez, who is also a faculty member in the departments of sociology and Chicana/o and Central American studies, is the author of “Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race” and the forthcoming “Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism,” among other books.

Abel Valenzuela

Valenzuela is a professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies and an expert on immigration issues and day laborers. His research has focused on the impact of immigration in urban neighborhoods and the experiences of minority groups in the labor market. 

Victor Narro

Victor Narro, a project director with the UCLA Labor Center, is an expert on the workplace rights of immigrant workers and immigration policy. Narro’s work has included studies of street vendors, agricultural workers and the garment industry, among other topics.

Kent Wong

Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center, is an expert on issues related to labor unions, labor relations and immigrant workers. A labor attorney, Wong has conducted extensive research on immigrant workers in Los Angeles and how immigration affects the labor market.

Kelly Lytle Hernández

Lytle Hernández is a professor of history and an expert on the history and politics of immigration and emigration, particularly between the United States and Mexico. Her book “MIGRA!” was the first to tell the story of how and why the U.S. Border Patrol concentrates its resources on policing unsanctioned Mexican immigration despite the many possible targets and strategies of U.S. migration control.

Betty Hung

Hung, staff director at the UCLA Labor Center and a lecturer in UCLA's labor studies program, is a longtime social justice advocate who has worked on campaigns and initiatives concerned with workers’ rights, racial justice, education equity and immigrants’ rights. 

Leisy Abrego 

Leisy J. Abrego is a professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies whose research focuses on Central American immigration, Latino families and the production of “illegality” through U.S. immigration laws. Her current scholarship examines the day-to-day lives of mixed-status families following the implementation of DACA.

Jennifer M. Chacón

Chacón, a professor of law and a member of UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, is an expert on immigration law, immigration policy, border control and human trafficking.

Chris Zepeda-Millán

Zepeda-Millán, a professor of public policy and associate director of faculty research at UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, is an expert on Latino politics, immigration policy and public opinion.

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Darnell Hunt

Hunt, dean of the division of social sciences in the UCLA College and a professor of sociology, is an expert on race relations, racial conflict, diversity, and media coverage of race and ethnic groups in America.

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Crenshaw, distinguished professor of law and a scholar of civil rights and constitutional law, is an expert on race and the law, structural racism and discrimination based on race, gender and class.

Brenda Stevenson

Stevenson is a professor of history and an expert on African American history. Her research has focused on broad spectrum of topics, from slavery in the American South to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Robin Kelley

Kelley is a distinguished professor of history and an authority on the history of African American intellectuals and musicians, the Black working class, the African diaspora, and constructions of race.

Tyrone Howard

Howard, a professor of education and director of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, is an expert on the influence of racial and cultural differences on teaching and learning, particularly in urban schools, and how these differences affect the way teachers and students interact.

Vickie Mays

Mays is a professor of psychology; director of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities; and a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is an authority on the mental and physical health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations, particularly African Americans.

Isaac Bryan

Bryan is director of public policy at the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and the founding executive director of the center’s Black Policy Project, which focuses on producing community-driven research that helps spur policy change. His research focuses on issues of racial, economic and social justice.

Bryonn Bain

Bain, an associate professor of African American studies and world arts and cultures/dance, uses the arts and activism to build movements for justice, criminal justice reform, prison education and abolition. He is the founding director of the UCLA Prison Education Program.

Kelly Lytle Hernández

Lytle Hernández, a professor of history and director of the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, is an authority on race, police and prison systems in Los Angeles, the American West and the U.S.–Mexico borderlands.

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David Shulman

David Shulman is a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast and an expert on the U.S. economy, the stock market, the housing market and insurance.

Jerry Nickelsburg

Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, specializes in the U.S. and California economies. He is also an expert on Asian economic trends.

Edward Leamer

Leamer, director emeritus of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and a professor of economics and statistics, is an authority on the state, national and international economies.

Till von Wachter

Von Wachter, a professor of economics and faculty director of the California Policy Lab at UCLA, is an expert on unemployment insurance, employment transitions and the impact of job losses on workers.

Daniel J.B. Mitchell

Mitchell, professor emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and distinguished professor of public policy, comments regularly on California’s economy, labor relations and labor-market issues.

William Yu

Yu is an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast who specializes in the economies of Los Angeles and China.

Chris Tilly

Tilly, professor of public policy, is an expert on the national and California economies, labor markets, the relationship between public policies and the creation of jobs, and the minimum wage.

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Ramesh Srinivasan

Ramesh Srinivasan is a professor of information studies whose work explores the connection between technology, politics and culture. He is an authority on issues related to disinformation, fake news and social media manipulation in politics. His most recent book is “Beyond the Valley: How Innovators Around the World Are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow.”

Sarah Roberts

Roberts is an assistant professor of information studies and co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. She is an expert on internet culture, social media and the intersection of media and technology and is the author of “Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media.”

Safiya Noble

Noble is an associate professor of information studies and co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. Her research focuses on the design of digital media and its impact on society, particularly the way digital technology intersects with issues of race, gender, culture and power. She is the author of “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.”

Tim Groeling

Groeling is a professor of communication studies and an expert on political communications, campaign messaging, news coverage of candidates, and social media. He is the author of “When Politicians Attack: Party Discipline and the Media,” which addressed the 2012 campaign and Barack Obama’s prospects for reelection.

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Eugene Volokh

Volokh is a law professor and an expert on the Supreme Court, the First Amendment, religious liberty and other issues related to constitutional law.

Adam Winkler

Winkler is a law professor and an expert on the Supreme Court and constitutional law, in particular the Second Amendment, gun control and gun ownership, free speech and same-sex marriage.

Cynthia Lebow

Lebow, a senior political science lecturer, is an expert on American politics, presidential powers, the Supreme Court and constitutional law who previously served as general counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee under then-chariman Joe Biden.

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General foreign policy and trade

Kal Raustiala

Raustiala, a professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, is an expert on international law, international relations and international cooperation on regulatory issues like NAFTA and the Kyoto Protocol.

Felipe Caro

Caro is an associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an expert on competition in the global supply chain and international trade.

Eric Min

Min, an assistant professor of political science, is an authority on international diplomacy, information gathering and sharing during crises the role and strategic use of negotiations in the midst of war.

Michael Ross

Ross is a professor of political science with an expertise in political economy, democratization, poverty in the developing world and natural resource wealth, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He is the author of “The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations.”

Russia

Daniel Treisman

Treisman is a professor of political science and an expert on Russian politics, economics and government, as well as on authoritarian states, how states transition to democracy and political corruption. He is the author of “The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev” and the editor of “The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia.” 

Asia

Cindy Fan

Fan, a professor of geography and Asian American studies, is an expert on China and the author of “China on the Move: Migration, the State, and the Household.”

Ching Kwan Lee

Lee is a professor of sociology whose work focuses on globalization and the development of the global South, with a focus on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She is the author of “The Specter of a Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa” and co-editor of  “Take Back Our Future: An Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbella Movement.”

Christopher Tang

Tang is a distinguished professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an expert on international trade, the global supply chain, retailing, outsourcing and business in Asia.

Jennifer Jung-Kim

Jung-Kim, a lecturer in Asian languages and cultures, is an expert on Korean history and politics, particularly related to national and international concerns.

The Middle East

Aslı Bâli

Bâli is a law professor and an expert on international law, civil liberties and human rights, with a particular focus on Iran, Turkey and the Middle East.

Dov Waxman

Waxman, director of UCLA’s Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, is an expert on Israeli politics and foreign policy, U.S.–Israel relations, the Israel–Palestine conflict and the American Jewish community.

Kevan Harris

Harris, an assistant professor of sociology, is an expert on Iranian politics, government and society, as well as economic development in the Middle East.

Benjamin Radd

Radd is a lecturer in global studies, international and area studies, and political science. He is an expert on governments and politics in the Middle East, particularly Iran, and U.S. foreign policy.

Steven Spiegel

Spiegel is a professor of political science and director of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development. He is an expert on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with an emphasis on Israel.

Western Europe

Dominic Thomas

Thomas is a professor of French and Francophone studies and an expert on France and Western Europe.

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Gerald Kominski

Kominski, a senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is an expert on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform and the financial impact of alternative approaches to health care

Jill Horwitz

Horwitz is a law professor and an expert on health policy, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and the legal regulation of health care organizations.

Ninez Ponce

Ninez Ponce is the director of the UCLA Health Policy Research Center a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities, health care access and immigrant health.

Mark Peterson

Peterson is a professor of public policy and political science who specializes in interactions among the President, Congress and interest groups in creating public policy, with an emphasis on national health care.

Dr. Neal Halfon

Halfon, director of both the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities and the Child and Family Health Program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is an expert on access to care, the delivery of health services and how health policies affect children, particularly low-income children.

David Hayes-Bautista

Hayes-Bautista is director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health He is an expert on how health policies affect the Latino populatio and has developed programs to train health care providers and public health officials to more effectively manage the care of Latino patients.

Jody Heymann

Heymann is a distinguished professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. She is an expert on laws and policies that affect human health, development, well-being, and equity.

Steven Wallace

Wallace, professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is an expert on health policy as it relates to the aging population, racial and ethnic minorities, and immigrants.

Nadereh Pourat

Pourat is associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is an expert on health insurance policy, access to health care and oral health care, care-delivery by community clinics and other providers, and health care for the homeless.

Linda Rosenstock

Rosenstock is a professor of health policy and management and environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is an expert on the politics of health policy, environmental health, and occupational health and safety. She is the former director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Vargas Bustamante is an associate professor of health policy and research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of faculty research at UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative. He is an expert on health policy and health care disparities, particularly among Latinos and other minority populations.

Thomas Rice

Rice, a professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is an economist who studies physicians' economic behavior, health insurance for the elderly, Medicare, cost containment in health care and the role of competition in health care reform.

May Wang

Wang is a professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an expert on childhood obesity, nutrition programs for children, immigrant health and government health care policy. She also studies racial and ethnic health disparities.

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Tyrone Howard

Howard, a professor of education, is an expert on race and education. He studies the influence of racial and cultural differences on teaching and learning, particularly in urban schools, and how these differences affect the way teachers and students interact.

John Rogers

Rogers is a professor of education and an expert on issues related to equal access to education, parental and community involvement in schools, urban education, and the role of race in education.

Pedro Noguera

Noguera is a distinguished professor of education and an expert on urban schools, race and education, and student achievement.

Anna Markowitz

Markowitz, an assistant professor of education, is an authority on early-childhood education and education policy. She has conducted research on the impact of poverty and policy on children’s development, and on the need to protect early-childhood workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Rashmita Mistry

Rashmita Mistry is a professor of education and an expert on how poverty, economic stress and social-class identity affect young students’ development. She has also studied the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health, development and well-being of children.

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar is a professor of education and associate dean for equity and inclusion at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She is an expert on educational policies, community colleges, social media, mobile technologies, and the educational and occupational trajectories of underrepresented students.

Gary Orfield

Orfield is co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA and an expert on education policy, segregation and civil rights. His research focuses on the development and implementation of social policy, with a focus on how policies affect equal opportunity for success in American education. 

Patricia Gándara

Gándara is a research professor of education and an expert on bilingual education and educational equity. Her research centers on access to education for low-income and ethnic minority students, language policy and the education of youth of Mexican origin. She is co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.

Karen Hunter Quartz

Quartz, director of the Center for Community Schooling at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, leads efforts to research and develop community schools. She is an expert on teacher education and effectiveness, small schools, community-based school reform, and school choice.

Annamarie Francois    

Francois is director of Center X at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, which designs and conducts programs that support K–12 teachers committed to social justice, instructional excellence and caring in low-income urban schools. She is a former teacher and principal and is a member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Ann Carlson

Carlson, a professor of law, is an authority on constitutional questions affecting environmental law and policy, including the division of regulatory authority between states and the federal government.

Cara Horowitz

Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, is an expert on legal and policy solutions to climate change and related environmental issues.

Ted Parson

Parson, a professor of law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, is an expert on international environmental law and policy.

James Salzman

Salzman, UCLA’s Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, is an expert on trade and environment conflicts, policy design, and the legal and institutional issues involved in creating markets for ecosystem services.

Timothy Malloy

Malloy, a law professor and faculty director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, specializes in environmental laws and regulations, with a specific emphasis on how to craft regulations that prevent environmental harm.

Jon Christensen

Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor of history and an expert on the history of environmental science, environmental communications, environmental journalism and solutions to combat climate change. He is a faculty member at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Yifang Zhu

Zhu, a professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is an expert on air pollution and environmental exposures, particularly ultrafine particle emissions from vehicles and roadways. She serves on the California Air Resource Board’s research screening committee.

David Eisenman

Eisenman is a professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. An expert on health care and community preparedness in response to natural disasters, he has been involved in climate-related disaster planning and response at the federal, state and local level, including during and after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.

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David Lewin

Lewin, professor emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is an expert on public-sector unionism, collective bargaining and pensions, and executive pay.

Christopher Erickson

Erickson is a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an expert on wage determination, collective bargaining and union organizing.

Abel Valenzuela

Valenzuela is a professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies and director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. He is an expert on immigration issues, day laborers and the experiences of minority groups in the labor market.

Kent Wong

Wong is director of the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on labor unions, labor relations and immigrant workers. A labor attorney, Wong has conducted extensive research on immigrant workers in Los Angeles.

Janna Shadduck-Hernández

Shadduck-Hernández is a project director of the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on immigrant labor issues, specifically the organizing efforts of low-wage immigrant workers to combat labor and workplace violations.

Saba Waheed

Waheed is a research director at the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on low-wage service industries such as taxis, restaurants, nail salons and domestic work, as well as sharing economy businesses like Uber and Lyft.

Lola Smallwood Cuevas

Smallwood Cuevas directs the Los Angeles Black Worker Center at the UCLA Labor Center and is an expert on unions, employment discrimination and the black working class in Los Angeles.

Victor Narro

Narro is a project director with the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on the workplace rights of immigrant workers and immigration policy, who has experience as an organizer of day laborers, domestic workers, garment workers and gardeners.

Tia Koonse

Tia Koonse is the legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Labor Center, where she conducts research on low-wage industries and laborers, including garment workers, restaurant worker, domestic workers and day laborers.

Jody Heymann

Heymann is a distinguished professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. She is an expert on laws, social policies and labor practices that affect workplace benefits such as family leave and paid sick leave.