Fall Semester Welcome from Our Director
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.
Lisa García Bedolla