Lisa García Bedolla is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies. She uses the tools of social science to reveal the causes of political and economic inequalities in the United States, considering differences across the lines of ethnorace, gender, class, geography, sexuality, et cetera. She believes an intersectional approach is critical to recognizing the complexity of the contemporary United States. She has used a variety of social science methods – participant observation, in-depth interviewing, survey research, field experiments, and geographic information systems (GIS) – to shed light on this question. Her current projects include: a multi-year study of Integrated Voter Engagement efforts conducted by six community organizations in California (with Marisa Abrajano, UC San Diego), and the development of a multi-dimensional data system, called Data for Social Good, that can be used to track and improve organizing efforts on the ground. Professor García Bedolla earned her PhD in political science from Yale University and her BA in Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
Hahrie Han is the Anton Vonk Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in the study of civic and political participation, collective action, organizing, and social change, particularly as it pertains to social policy, environmental issues, and democratic revitalization. She has published three books: How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations and Leadership in the 21st Century, Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America, and Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics. Her award-winning work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and numerous other outlets.
Taeku Lee is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in racial and ethnic politics; public opinion and survey research; identity and inequality; deliberative and participatory democracy. His published monographs include Mobilizing Public Opinion; Transforming Politics, Transforming America; Why Americans Don’t Join the Party; Accountability through Public Opinion; Asian American Political Participation. Lee has directed and advised on numerous major survey projects, including as co-PI of the National Asian American Survey, co-PI of the Bay Area Taking Count Panel Study, Managing Director of Asian American Decisions; as member of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies and the General Social Survey; as member of the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau. His previous positions include Assistant Professor at Harvard, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Nicole E. Willcoxon is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center on Democracy and Organizing. She is a political scientist and public opinion researcher with significant applied experience. Willcoxon has worked extensively in the non-profit and private sector on both quantitative and qualitative social science research projects, including at the Public Policy Institute of California and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Her current research interests focus on voting rights, democratic and legal institutions, race and ethnicity in US politics, media, elections, and political behavior. Her dissertation is entitled “The Voting Rights Act in North Carolina: Turnout, Registration, Access, and Enforcement,” and her work has been published in the Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media and the California Journal of Politics and Policy. Dr. Willcoxon earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in both Political Science and History from the University of California, San Diego.
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS
Alex DiBranco is a sixth-year Yale Sociology Ph.D. candidate, writing her dissertation on how the New Right in the 1970s to 1990s built a sustainable movement infrastructure to realign the U.S. political spectrum, drawing on archival materials and a unique database of conservative foundation grants. She also writes about contemporary male supremacist ideology, on topics such as the men’s rights movement, “equity feminism, and incels. She has worked previously as the Communications Director for Political Research Associates, and an editorial board member for their quarterly, The Public Eye; and as an editor and senior organizer specializing in women’s and immigrant rights for Change.org.From 2017-2018 she was a Graduate Policy Fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and from 2016-2017, she was a Visiting Student Researcher at the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies.
Christian Hosam is a first year doctoral student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Cal, Christian was a Millennial Public Policy Fellow at New America, a Washington D.C. based think tank. Prior to that, he was the Coordinator for the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland, College Park. Christian graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015 with Honors in African American Studies and Government. Christian has research interests in race and politics, Millennial political engagement, the politics of surveillance technologies, and electoral reform.
Rachel Williams is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests focus on the racial politics of market oriented educational policies and the political, economic, and historical forces implicated in their advancement. Prior to graduate studies, Rachel worked in the Public Policy and Advocacy Department at Illinois Action for Children as the project manager for the Sylvia Cotton Center for Policy Innovation launch. She continues to engage in applied research on diversity, inclusion, and equity in a variety of contexts such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the technology sector. She serves as the newly appointed Division L (Education Policy and Politics) Graduate Representative for the American Education Research Association and a member of the editorial team for the Berkeley Review of Education.