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Joseph Asunka Named CEO of the Afrobarometer

Joseph Asunka (UCLA PhD 2014), currently Program Officer of the Global Development Program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, will lead the Afrobarometer in early 2021 as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Asunka will lead the pan-African survey research network into its third decade as the principal data source on African experiences and evaluation of […]


John Branstetter Receives UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award

John Branstetter (UCLA PhD 2017), Lecturer, was recently selected to receive the 2019-2020 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award.  Only three non-Senate faculty in the entire university received this award.  Reflecting upon the award, John writes, “My approach to teaching is grounded in the assumption that no one can ever fully master the core material of political […]


George Ofosu, Kristen Kao, and Jonathan Collins Receive American Political Science Association Awards

Over the summer, three of our recent PhD graduates received national distinctions awarded by the American Political Science Association. George Ofosu (UCLA PhD 2017), Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, received the American Political Science Association’s 2020 Heinz Eulau Award, awarded annually for the best article published […]


“Primitive,” a New Book by Marco Greenberg (UCLA BS 1986)

UCLA alumnus Marco Greenberg (UCLA BS 1986) has recently published “Primitive: Tapping the Primal Drive That Powers the World’s Most Successful People,” about his journey as an advisor and confidant to Fortune 500 CEOs, startup founders, and other top performers. From a former roadie for N.W.A to a rock-star brain surgeon, from young tech billionaires […]


An Immigration Backfire? (Maggie Peters Interview)

  On June 22nd, President Trump issued an executive order to restrict certain types of immigrants and temporary foreign workers from coming to the U.S. The order applied to future immigrants — not to those already here, or to those who were already approved to move here. Surprisingly, the order targeted not just so-called “low-skill” immigration, which […]


Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld

Professor Steinert-Threlkeld studies protest dynamics, focusing on how individuals’ social networks and affect their decision to protest.  He has studied protests during the Arab Spring as well as in Ukraine, Venezuela, Hong Kong, and South Korea.  He has shown that people are more motivated to protest when they learn about it from people near them […]


Chris Zepeda-Millan

Born and raised in the East Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights, Chris Zepeda-Millán was the first Chicano to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research has been published in top political science and interdisciplinary academic journals, such as the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), Political Research Quarterly […]


Georgia Kernell

Georgia Kernell’s research examines political parties and elections, political communication, comparative political behavior, partisanship, economic voting, and formal and quantitative methodology. She studies both comparative and American politics. Kernell is currently writing a book about how political parties’ organizations shape candidate strategies, representation, and electoral success in long-standing parliamentary democracies. She has published in a […]


Dan Thompson

I am an assistant professor of political science at UCLA studying American politics and political methodology. My research studies electoral accountability in the US with a particular focus on the role of elections in local policymaking. I collect new data on local elections which I combine with large, untapped administrative datasets on government behavior. I […]