David Wilson


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Professor David Wilson passed away on May 2, 2018. He retired in 1992, after serving 33 years on the faculty of the Political Science Department and in University of California systemwide administration.


Professor Wilson’s early academic work focused on Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia. The struggle against McCarthyism and other university problems drew him into increased engagement in university governance, as chair of the UCLA division of the Academic Senate and later as Executive Assistant to University of California President David Saxon. After returning to the Department from his university service, Professor Wilson turned his research and teaching to California state politics and the politics of higher education.