LCHP Reports

The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy regularly engages in original historical research on issues of contemporary relevance, uncovering the lessons that history has to impart on us today. These reports, written by teams of LCHP researchers, can provide important context and serve as useful guides for present-day decision makers. Check back regularly for updates and new publications.

For details on the research of individual Luskin Center Research Fellows, see here.

LCHP Releases Report on the History of Homelessness in LA County

The Making of a Crisis: A History of Homelessness in Los Angeles County

A new report by the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy takes a historical view to understand the historic roots of the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County.

This report was researched and written by Dr. Kirsten Moore-Sheeley, Alisa Belinkoff Katz, Andrew Klein, Jessica Richards, Fernanda Jahn-Verri, Marques Vestal, and Zev Yaroslavsky.

To read the paper, click [HERE]. The fact sheet can be found [HERE], and the executive summary can be found [HERE].

Find the UCLA Newsroom announcement [HERE].

Find Vestal and Klein’s LATimes Op-Ed, “What we should have learned from L.A.’s long history of homelessness,” [HERE].

LCHP is covering the report findings in a series of podcast episodes on homelessness in Los Angeles. Listen to Vestal, Klein, and Jahn-Verri discuss the report below:

Listen to Moore-Sheeley and Richards interview Dr. Jonathan Sherin, the director of the LA County Department of Mental Health, below:

LCHP Research Fellows Release Report on History of Traffic Congestion in Los Angeles

A Century of Fighting Traffic Congestion in Los Angeles (1920-2020)

LCHP Research Fellows (2019-20) recently completed their report tracking the history of fighting traffic congestion in Los Angeles.

This report was completed by Martin Wachs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering and City and Regional Planning at the University of California, UCLA PhD candidate Peter Sebastian Chesney, and UCLA Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate Yu Hong Hwang. Read more about the research team here.

To read the paper, click [HERE].

To see a timeline of attempts to solve the “congestion problem” in Los Angeles, click [HERE].

To listen to the podcast episode with the authors, click [HERE].

LCHP Releases Report on the History of Voter Access in California

Reckoning with Our Rights: The Evolution of Voter Access in California

A new report by the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy takes a historical view to understand why, in 2020, the electorate in California specifically remains so demographically and socioeconomically skewed.

This report was spearheaded by Alisa Belinkoff Katz, LCHP fellow and associate director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. The research team also included Zev Yaroslavsky, a senior fellow at the center, UCLA PhD candidate Izul de la Vega, undergraduate Saman Haddad and recent graduate Jeanne Ramin.

To read the paper, click [HERE].

To read the UCLA Newsroom announcement, click [HERE].

To watch the Why History Matters event discussing this report, click [HERE].

All is Not Well in the Golden State: The Scourge of White Nationalism in Southern California

White nationalism is alive in Southern California today. This report examines white nationalism’s history, ideology, and present-day operations, and provides some recommendations for confronting the dangers it poses.

The research team of exceptional UCLA undergraduates included: Sareen Ishanyan, Gavin Quan, Noga Tour, and Jeremy Powel, Grace Johnston-Glick, Mayumi Okazaki, James Nee, Rachel Sass, and Matt Ospina, and Lacy Green.

The group’s work was facilitated by Ph.D. candidate Sarah Johnson, and Professor David N. Myers, director of the Luskin Center for History and Policy.

To read the paper, click [HERE].

You can also find the Executive Summary [HERE].

To listen to Grace Johnston-Glick, Gavin Quan, and James Nee discuss the report on our “Then & Now” podcast, click [HERE].

Pandemics Past and Present: One Hundred Years of California History

Pandemics Past and Present cover pageAs we continue to navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic, Dr. Kirsten Moore-Sheeley, Jessica Richards, and Talla Khelghati examine the last hundred years of pandemics in California – namely, the Influenza Outbreak of 1918, the AIDS/HIV crisis of the 1980s, and various other influenza outbreaks in recent history.

They explore the division of power between local, state, and federal government in response to these pandemics, the resulting stigmatization of groups and places, and their divergent effects on the economy.

To read the paper, click [HERE]. For key takeaways, click [HERE].

To listen to the authors discuss the report on our “Then & Now” podcast, click [HERE].