Social Sciences

Current Projects

California Freedom Summer (2021-2022)

California Freedom Summer (CFS), a participatory-action research project that will engage UC undergraduate students, helps address important questions and debates related to recent historical developments.

Completed Projects

Latinos and Economic Security (2005-2019)

Latinos and Economic Security (LES) is a national research project, funded by the Ford Foundation, with a goal to advance economic security for middle-age and aging Latinos by advocating, developing, and fostering a public policy agenda that prioritizes the needs of the Latino community.

The Smithsonian Institution and Latino Representation (2018)

An analysis of the Smithsonian Institution’s progress toward implementing the ten recommendations from its 1994 report Willful Neglect pertaining to Latino representation within the Institution's workforce, programming, collections, and exhibitions.

Hate Speech in the Media (2008-2013)

The Hate Speech in the Media Project is a pilot study on hate speech on commercial talk radio. Its goal is to develop a research methodology for the quantitative evaluation of hate speech.

Mexican American Study Project (2003-2008)

The Mexican American Study Project is a study on intra- and inter-generational change and persistence in ethnic identity and behavior as well as socio-economic mobility among Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and San Antonio.

Brown-Collar Occupations in Local Labor Markets (2002-2004)

This project utilized 1990 Census Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data on large, immigrant-receiving metropolitan areas to illuminate the earnings attainment process in brown-collar occupations (where immigrant Latinos concentrate).

Maquiladora Murders Project (2002-2004)

This project resulted in a brief, novel, and three-day international conference, "The Maquiladora Murders, Or, Who Is Killing the Women of Juárez?", held in Fall 2003.

UCLA Latino Policy Studies (SCR-43) Research Projects (2002-2009)

Cross disciplinary, policy-relevant research projects on Chicana/o and Latina/o issues in California.