Fall Semester Welcome from Our Director

Lisa Garcia Bedolla
September 7, 2017

Dear Members of the IGS Community,

Greetings from Moses Hall and welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  I am excited to take on the role as IGS Director and privileged to join such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of students, faculty and community members.

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you.  I am a Cal alumna (BA 1992) with majors in Latin American Studies and Comparative Literature.  Cal changed my life in many ways; I met my husband (also a Cal grad) during my Cal in the Capitol internship.  I earned my PhD in Political Science at Yale and taught at CSU Long Beach, UC Irvine and UCLA before returning to Cal as a Professor of Education.

My research focuses on how marginalization and inequality structure political and educational opportunities available to members of ethnoracial groups, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of race, class and gender. Along with my research team, I am currently working with six community organizations across California, helping them to evaluate and improve their efforts to engage low-income communities of color in politics. I hope that my work expands the interdisciplinary scope of IGS.  

In this historic moment, good governance and public service matter more than ever. I see IGS as a place that can help us to address society’s problems by developing evidence-based, equity-oriented public policy solutions. From conferences and seminars to student programs, there is much for us to look forward to as we begin this new chapter.

Go Bears!

Lisa García Bedolla