We are pleased to welcome you to the 2019-20 academic year, our third year here at the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy. The Luskin Center aims to bring the past alive by linking history to important contemporary issues—and by proposing historically grounded policy recommendations. We believe that our mission is particularly important in today’s world in which fake news and historical revisionism are rampant. Public policy and, more broadly, civic engagement are better off when anchored by a rich sense of historical perspective.

In this new year, we have an exciting lineup of public programs. Please join us for the following events:

  • “Putting History to Work” Series: the return of our quarterly workshop series that provides skills for those interested in history to apply their knowledge to the present.
  • Our new “Reparations in Context” series in which scholars and activists explore the highly topical issue of reparations as a tool of restorative justice in diverse political settings.
  • A centennial event on women’s suffrage featuring scholars and political figures on March 8, 2020.
  • Book talks, lectures, and symposia on important new studies that stand at the crossroads of history and policy.

In addition to these programs, the Luskin Center supports research that seeks to have an impact on public debate. We currently have Luskin Center research teams working on the history of homelessness and white nationalism in Southern California.  In addition, we support collaborative research fellows working on a host of local and international topics (

If you have a passion for history and you believe that knowledge about the past is indispensable to informed engagement in today’s world, we invite you to get involved in the work of the Luskin Center.

We look forward to your participation in the work of the Luskin Center, where we study change in order to make change.


David N. Myers

Professor and LCHP Director