Christiane Allison

Personnel Coordinator

Office: 4289D Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-1385
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5:00pm

Christiane handles all hiring for students (TAs, readers, GSRs, etc.) and fee remission processing; along with hiring for staff, lecturers, postdocs and visiting scholars.

Esther Blair

Director of Student Services

Office: 4246 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-3372
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am - 4:30pm

Esther counsels graduate students on University and departmental requirements for the Ph.D. program. Provides recruitment, admissions, orientation and placement services; coordinates all graduate student funding; assigns Teaching Assistants; oversees graduate counseling and the undergraduate counseling operations; and supervises Diego Garcia and Kathy Escobedo.

Kathy Escobedo

Undergraduate Counselor

Undergraduate Counselor
Office: 4269A Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-3862
Office Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs-Fri 8:00am – 11:30am, 1:30am – 5:00pm
Tue 8:00am -11:30am, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Kathy is the department’s Senior Undergraduate Advisor: Kathy counsels undergraduate students on University and departmental requirements for the major. Processes petitions and provides students with campus resources. She can also assist with A/V needs for faculty courses, online book ordering and course scheduling.

Diego Garcia

Undergraduate / Graduate Counselor

Office: 4269B Bunche Hall / 4246 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-1184 / (310)267-4667
Undergraduate Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am – 11:30am
Tuesday, Thursday 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Graduate Office Hours: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Diego is the department’s Undergrad/Grad Advisor: Diego counsels graduate and undergraduate students on University and departmental requirements for the undergraduate degree and the Ph.D. He assists in graduate recruitment, admissions, orientation and placement. He is responsible for course scheduling, online book ordering and A/V needs for classes.

Evelyn Godinez

Personnel Manager

Office: 4289D Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-2163
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm

Evelyn handles all Academic Personnel cases (faculty merits and promotions); supervises Christiane and her workload; hires all faculty; and reviews all hiring in the department.

Tuan Le

Finance Manager

Office: 4289 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-3378
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am – 4:00pm

Tuan is the department’s Finance Manager: Tuan manages departmental and faculty budgets, including contracts and grants, gifts, endowments and state funding; and processes reimbursements, purchase orders and pre-trip authorizations.

Stephanie Jeffers

Chief Administrative Officer

Office: 4289 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-1186
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 4:00pm

Stephanie is the department’s Chief Administrative Officer: Stephanie is responsible for all departmental operations. She manager all administrative services in relation to the department’s teaching, research and public service activities. Responsible for planning, policy development, budgetary control, events, and management, along with selection and supervision of all personnel.

Jason Lo

System Administrator

Phone: (310) 206-3767
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am – 4:00p

Jason is the department’s System Administrator: Jason is responsible for the instructional and user computing support for the staff, faculty and students of the department. He updates the departmental web site, manages the department’s many listservs, and oversees staff access to shared drives.

Front Desk Staff

Office: 4289 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-4331
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm

Front desk can provide keys for assigned spaces; can assist with faculty requests for printing of exams or course handouts; can provide key and copy codes for all staff, faculty and students; can help with projects (as assigned by Stephanie); and helps maintain the department by notifying Facilities about urgent maintenance requests (overflowing toilets, restocking needs, elevators not working, etc.).

Belinda Sunnu

Events Coordinator

Office: 4289 Bunche Hall
Email: bsunnu@polisci.ucla.eduPhone: (310) 206-7558
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am – 5:30pm

Belinda is the department’s Events Coordinator: Belinda coordinates special events and functions for the department. Coordinates parking for faculty, staff and students, and can make temporary parking reservations for visitors. She coordinates travel for faculty recruitment and for guest speakers. She is also the Facilities contact and can put in work orders for faculty, staff and student needs (with oversight from Stephanie) related to painting/maintenance/electrical/plumbing, and manages the UCLA directory listings for the department.

Barbara Wakasa

Department Coordinator

Office: 4289 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 825-4331
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm

Barbara is the Department Coordinator. She assists the finance manager with financial transactions, faculty financial reports, reimbursements, along with payroll, invoice, and reimbursement reconciliation. In addition, she will oversee the front desk processes, and supervise the student workers. Barbara will also process book and audio visual orders.