Cristina Mora and Erick Schickler, IGS Co-Directors

Cristina Mora and Eric SchicklerG. Cristina Mora is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies (by courtesy) at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her B.A. in Sociology at Cal in 2003 and earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. Her research focuses mainly on questions of census racial classification, immigration, and racial politics in the United States and Europe. Her first book, Making Hispanics (2014), provides the first historical account of the rise of the “Hispanic/Latino” panethnic category in the United States. This work, along with related articles, has received wide recognition, including the American Sociological Association’s 2010 Best Dissertation Award and 2018 Early Career Award (SREM). She is currently working on two new book projects funded by the Russell Sage Foundation. The first, California Color Lines: Racial Politics in an Era of Economic Precarity (w. T. Paschel) examines the contradictions of racial politics in the nation’s most diverse and seemingly professive state. The second, Race and the Politics of Trust in an Age of Government Cynicism (w. J. Dowling and M. Rodriguez-Muniz) provides the first mixed methods examination of race and political trust in the U.S. In July 2020 she was appointed Co-Director of IGS along with Eric Schickler.

Eric Schickler is Jeffrey & Ashley McDermott Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of three books which have won the Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize for the best book on legislative politics: Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress (2001), Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate (2006, with Gregory Wawro), and Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power (2016, with Douglas Kriner; also winner of the Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the best book on executive politics).  His book, Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965, was the winner of the Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book on government, politics or international affairs published in 2016, and is co-winner of the J. David Greenstone Prize for the best book in history and politics from the previous two calendar years. He is also the co-author of Partisan Hearts and Minds, which was published in 2002. He has authored or co-authored articles in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceLegislative Studies QuarterlyComparative Political StudiesPolityPublic Opinion Quarterly, and Social Science History. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of American politics, the U.S. Congress, rational choice theory, American political development, and public opinion. In July 2020 he was appointed Co-Director of IGS along with Cristina Mora.

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Linda Vida

Interim Library Manager
Institute of Governmental Studies

Linda is the Interim Library Manager at IGS Library while IGS recruits for a permanent Library Manager. Linda has over 30 years of experience managing libraries and special collections. She started her career at Earl & Wright Consulting Engineering firm in San Francisco, CA. She worked as Head Librarian (contractor) at the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Megan Collins

Program Manager
Institute of Governmental Studies

Megan Collins is a higher education administrator and researcher. Prior to joining IGS in 2021, she was the research project manager of The Shift Project at Harvard Kennedy School, a survey-based research project focused on secure scheduling at large U.S. service-sector firms. Before joining Shift, Megan worked at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley,...

Ezra Bristow

Events and Communications Coordinator
Institute of Governmental Studies

Ezra received a BA in Studio Arts at Trinity College and studied Visual Arts and Communication Studies at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2015, Ezra pivoted from visual arts to performing arts when he became one of the principal dancers and volunteer social media & marketing manager for SambaFunk!...

Christine Trost

Executive Director of IGS, and Director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics & Public Service
Institute of Governmental Studies

Christine Trost received a Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley and spent much of her graduate career at IGS, sharing a carrel, attending afternoon tea, and working as a research assistant. After completing her degree, she taught courses in American politics at UC Berkeley and Mills College, and was Director of Research and Training...

Dawn Geddes

Administrative Manager
Institute of Governmental Studies

Dawn Geddes is the Administrative Manager at the Institute of Governmental Studies.  After studying English literature with a focus on Britain between the world wars, Dawn designed and managed wardrobe for theater and television, worked as a fiction editor, and produced and managed prominent e-commerce websites. She joined UC Berkeley in 2007 and IGS in...

Paul King

Library Supervisor and PPIC Coordinator
Institute of Governmental Studies

Paul King is the Circulation Supervisor and PPIC Coordinator for the Institute of Governmental Studies Library. In addition, he serves as reference staff and a technical services professional. Paul studied political science at Evergreen College in Olympia, WA.