The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy was founded in 2017 through a generous gift from Meyer and Renee Luskin. It is the first academic center on the West Coast focused on bringing historical knowledge and perspective to bear on policy deliberations. In the words of Meyer Luskin, “The best way to choose the path to the future is to know the roads that brought us to the present.”
The mission of the Center is to generate and promote historically informed discussions of key public policy issues. We foster teaching, research and collaborations across campus and beyond the university that use historical insight to shape policy and provide solutions to current problems. To that end, the Center supports individual and collaborative research projects that address an urgent need or problem in our society, make tangible contributions to policy formation, and lead to a deeper understanding of significant contemporary issues. Through grants, the Center also contributes to the development of new courses that train students to analyze historical events and apply that knowledge to current issues. The 2017 Call for Proposals can be accessed here.
Throughout the academic year, the Center will sponsor a number of events intended to heighten public awareness of the critical importance history plays in developing policy. In addition to regular programs throughout the year, on February 12, 2018 we will be hosting a major History and Policy Summit that will bring together notable leaders from key institutions that are actively promoting work at the intersection of history and policy. The Summit will also include a gathering of local nonprofits that utilize history as a tool for greater societal awareness. Please stay tuned to this webpage for more details about the Summit and other Luskin Center events.
An additional goal of the Center is the anticipated development of an Innovation Lab that will draw on UCLA faculty and students to provide historically informed policy analysis to private and public sector clients in addition to public officials. Clients will approach the Lab with the expectation of receiving a clear-headed and historically informed analysis and set of recommendations on addressing their problems.
We invite you to join us in making the past both present and public.