Professor Lois M. Takahashi has been appointed interim dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, effective immediately, according to an announcement made today by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh. She succeeds Frank Gilliam, who has been dean of the school since 2008 and is leaving to become chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

A member of the UCLA faculty since 2001, Takahashi is a professor of urban planning and Asian American studies. In addition to her current service as associate dean of research at UCLA Luskin and as associate director of the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program, she has also served as chair of the Department of Urban Planning (2011-13) and chair of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center’s Faculty Advisory Committee (2010-13).

Outside UCLA, Takahashi is the vice president/president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, a board member of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and a member of the editorial boards of three journals: the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, and AIDS Education and Prevention. A National Institutes of Health-funded scholar, Takahashi does research on public and social service delivery to vulnerable populations in the U.S. and Southeast Asian cities, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and environmental governance.

She has published more than 60 articles and chapters, and she is the author of “Homelessness, AIDS, and Stigmatization: The NIMBY Syndrome in the United States at the End of the Twentieth Century.” She is also a co-author of “Rethinking Environmental Management in the Pacific Rim: Exploring Local Participation in Bangkok, Thailand.”

She received a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in public management and policy/architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and an A.B. in architecture from UC Berkeley.  

A search committee will soon be formed to identify candidates for a permanent dean.