Class of Luskin Center Innovation Fellows for 2020-2021

The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy is pleased to announce its next class of Luskin Research Fellows for 2020-2021. The Luskin Center is one of the first institutions of its kind in the nation to bring together in-depth historical research and cutting-edge policy analysis.

The Luskin Research Fellowships for 2020-2021 have been awarded to research teams comprised of UCLA faculty, graduate students, and community partners. Four Research Fellowship teams were selected this year from a large pool of very strong candidates.

These research teams are awarded funds to conduct collaborative research that will bring historical analysis to bear on specific issues of contemporary relevance. The teams are specifically asked to produce historical and policy analysis that will aim to solve the contemporary issue they have identified.

This year, we broadened our call for proposals to include public facing and artistic projects that also engaged partner institutions across Los Angeles.

The following projects reflect some of the most cutting edge approaches to utilizing history to inform the present and help guide the future. They address some of the most pressing issues of the day through a historical lens, including public health, racial inequality, and systemic injustice.

The winning teams are:

THE COLLECTING COMMUNITY HISTORY INITIATIVE: THE WEST DURING COVID-19 AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

Aims to help communities across the West identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Tyree Boyd-Pates

Tyree Boyd-Pates

Curator of The Autry Museum of the American West

Stephen Aron

Stephen Aron

Professor & Robert N. Burr Department Chair
Brenda Stevenson

Brenda Stevenson

Professor and Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in History

POLITICS OF POWER: THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURAL IDENTITY IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES

Examines how architecture and design influence cultural identities through researching the history of the architectural styles of cities such as Alhambra, Compton, and El Monte

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Hao Ding

PhD Student

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Professor of Urban Planning

CONSTRUCTING DEATH IN MEDICAL EXAMINER REPORTS

How does the pretense of objective biomedical knowledge erase the conflict of interest between state-sanctioned violence protected by legal immunity and a state sanctioned medical body charged with the task of disclosing cause of death in state custody?

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Terence Keel

Terence Keel

Associate Professor

Armond Corshawn Lee

Armond Corshawn Lee

UCLA Senior Student

ESSENTIAL WORKERS, HEALTH CRISIS AND POLICY: A PUBLIC HISTORY OF FARM LABOR

A public workshop that contextualizes the struggles being faced by farmworkers during the pandemic by discussing the movement to protect farmworkers in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, from dangerous pesticides.

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Tawny Paul

Tawny Paul

Historian of Society and Economics

Daniel Diaz

Daniel Diaz

Director of the UCLA History-Geography Project