Amy E. Lerman

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Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy
Co-Director
The People Lab

Professor Amy E. Lerman is a political scientist who studies issues of race, public opinion, and political behavior, especially as they relate to punishment and social inequality in America. She is the author of two books on the American criminal justice system—The Modern Prison Paradox and Arresting Citizenship (awarded a best book award from the...

Jovan Lewis

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Assistant Professor of Human Geography
UC Berkeley
Founder/Director, Berkeley Black Geographies Project

Jovan Scott Lewis is assistant professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.  He co-leads the Economic Disparities research cluster in Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute. He received his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics. Jovan’s research is concerned with the articulations of racialized poverty, which he examines through questions of...

Rachel Morello-Frosch

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Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Community Health Sciences
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

Rachel Morello-Frosch is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. For over 20 years, her research has examined social determinants of environmental health among diverse communities with a focus on inequality, psychosocial stress and how these factors interact with environmental chemical exposures...

Michael Omi

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Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies
Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Michael Omi is the co-author of Racial Formation in the United States, a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place.  The 3rd edition of the book was released in 2015.

Since 1995, he has been the co-editor of the book series...

Laura E. Pérez

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Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies
UC Berkeley
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Laura E. Pérez is Chair of the new interdisciplinary and transAmericas research hub, the Laitnx Research Center, formerly the Center for Latino Policy Research.  She is author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Duke University Press, 2007) in which she theorized decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities while achiving the work of...

Paul Pierson

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John Gross Endowed Chair, Professor of Political Science
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory. His most recent books are Off-Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (Yale University Press 2005),...

Bertrall Ross

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Professor of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law

Bertrall Ross’s research interests are driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and a methodological approach that integrates political theory and empirical social science into discussions of legal doctrine, the institutional role of courts, and democratic design. In the area of legislation, his current research seeks to address how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy...

Jesse Rothstein

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Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Department of Economics, UC Berkeley
Director
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)

Jesse Rothstein is a professor of public policy and economics. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 2009. He spent the 2009-10 academic year in public service, first as Senior Economist at the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers and then as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. Earlier, he was assistant professor of economics...

Janelle Scott

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Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities
Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

Janelle Scott is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education and African American Studies Department. She holds the Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities. Scott earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and...

Leti Volpp

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Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice
Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley

Leti Volpp joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2005. She researches immigration and citizenship law with a particular focus on how law is shaped by ideas about culture and identity.  

Her most recent publications include “Protecting the Nation from ‘Honor Killings’: the Construction of a Problem” in Constitutional Commentary (2019), “Refugees Welcome?” in Berkeley La Raza...

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