LCHP in Action

Read below for updates about the Luskin Center’s activities in informing present-day policy, educating the public, and advocating for historically-informed problem-solving.

LCHP Hosts Second Summer Research Institute

LCHP’s second Summer Research Institute attracted 53 outstanding UCLA undergraduate and graduate students who immersed themselves in historical research methods. On June 16 and 17, students were exposed to the myriad ways in which historical research and knowledge can make a difference in the world. They learned about archival and data-driven research methods and examined different modes of applying historical knowledge to present-day problems and issues.

SRI featured outstanding UCLA presenters who offered a wide range of expertise: Eddie Cole, Lizeth Ramirez, Jimmy Zavala, Tawny Paul, Tyree Boyd-Pates, Marques Vestal, Sonja Diaz, and Jon Christensen.

Check out the SRI 2022 program and speaker bios here.

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

LCHP Funded Research on “Racism by Design” Published

Journal of the American Planning Association: Vol 88, No 3 (Current issue)

LCHP Funded Research about Asian Immigration and the Adoption of Planning and Design Regulations in Three Los Angeles Suburbs

UCLA graduate student Hao Ding and Professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris recently published a peer-reviewed article “Racism by Design? Asian Immigration and the Adoption of Planning and Design Regulations in Three Los Angeles Suburbs” in the Journal of the American Planning Association. Based on their research supported by LCHP, Ding and Loukaitou-Sideris examine the exclusionary effects of land use and design controls in three Los Angeles County cities.

Read their published article here.

LCHP Podcast Examines the Past, Present, and Future of Abortion Rights in the U.S

LCHP Podcast Examines the Past, Present, and Future of Abortion Rights in the U.S

The Luskin Center for History and Policy’s biweekly podcast, Then & Now, examines the past, present, and future of abortion rights in the United States in a mini-series in partnership with the UCLA Williams Institute, The Promise Institute for Human Rights, and the Center on Reproductive Health, Law, and Policy at the UCLA School of Law.

The first episode, released in December 2021, examines the oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization as the latest in a decades-long legal battle over the legality of abortion access. Listen below:

The second episode, released on May 4, 2022, discusses the leaked Supreme Court opinion by Justice Alito arguing for the overturning Roe vs. Wade. Listen here:

LCHP Researcher Moderates CalHumanities Event on Voting Rights

On April 28, Alisa Belinkoff Katz, LCHP Senior Research Fellow, moderated the below conversation with California Humanities.

Since 1960, California has greatly improved its voter registration process. Ballots are now mail-in, multilingual, and registration is available up to election day. Why then do California elections not fully reflect the diversity of the state? This panel discussed the paradox between California’s voter-friendly registration programs and its unequal voter participation. As we look back at California history, what policies have shaped the voter experience? What tactics can increase – and sustain – voter engagement? The speakers included Kristin Nimmers, California Black Power Network and Lori Pesante, Dolores Huerta Foundation.