The Library Corner - Spring 2024 Edition

March 22, 2024
Accessing our Historical Collections 1920-1983

Did you know that IGS Library historical materials collected before 1983 are not readily discoverable in UC Library Search, the UC library catalog??

In addition to policy reports, pamphlets, books and journals, the IGS Library has an extensive historical collection of state and local government information. Library staff utilize our knowledge of the collection along with several analog tools or “card catalogs” to assist researchers with uncovering materials for their work.

We rely heavily on the Author...

Brookings Institute cites IGS Co-director Schickler's 'Racial Realignment' as it draws comparisons between the Great Migration of African-Americans in the 1920s and the potential political impact of climate change-fueled mass migration

March 19, 2024

As climate change continues to accelerate, tens of millions of people will become climate migrants, and millions of Americans will be uprooted. This article looks to learn from the Great Migration of African-Americans in the 1920s and the ways that the industrial, social, and economic conditions of the Jim-Crow south led to the gradual reformation of the Democratic political identity as one aligned with racial justice during the 1960s, which is well documented in co-director Shickler's book, Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932–1965. The article...

Co-Director Mora cited in Sacramento Bee article highlighting polls showing increased frustration with U.S. immigration policies among Latinos

April 17, 2024
IGS Co-director and sociologist at UC Berkeley, Cristina Mora, points to continued trends of economic inequality and inflation, and lack of policy reform as the real culprits for Latinos disillusionment and growing frustration with the border crisis, leading to newcomer immigrants being scapegoated. The story seeks to add nuance to the conversation by highlighting the factors that contribute to negative perceptions of immigrants, while also acknowledging the increasing frustration amongst longtime residents who share their undocumented status...

IGS Co-director Cristina Mora speaks on KQED panel for Night of Ideas: How Our Racial and Ethnic Identities Connect – and Divide – Us

March 15, 2024

Earlier this month we brought some of our favorite Forum guests – a poet, a novelist, a sociologist and a musician – who all work with themes of cross-cultural identity for a conversation, and live music and readings, before an audience. We discussed the complexities of racial and ethnic identity and how the hyphens we sometimes use to bridge our identities – Mexican-American, Chinese-American etc – can serve to both connect and divide us. It was all part of Night of Ideas, an annual public event bringing together artists and thinkers at the San Francisco Public Library.


IGS Poll Director Mark DiCamillo quoted in LA Times article highlighting LA voter support for more housing

May 9, 2024

The article cites results from the 2024 LABC Institute Housing Affordability Survey in Partnership with the Los Angeles Times, showing a 2-1 margin in support of increased home building in LA, despite nearly half of voters polled doubting its ability to effectively address the housing crisis.

"The mix of messages offers both promise and pitfalls for policymakers hoping to better the city’s long-standing housing challenges by promoting new growth and speedier construction of low-income development. More than anything, the findings show Angelenos hungry for solutions to...

LA Times' David Lauter urges caution and context for voters reviewing election poll results; highlights accuracy of Berkeley IGS poll in 2024 primary results

March 15, 2024

In his March 15th column, "Polls get it right most of the time. Here’s what to be wary of", LA Times Senior editor David Lauter highlights the value of polling for political enthusiasts and concerned voters, while also calling out the pitfalls behind polling methodology. Namely, Lauter points to research conducted by Pew that shows bogus respondents actively trying to distort the results of polls, while also critiquing the way that journalists sometimes sensationalize poll findings to create attention-grabbing headlines. The Berkeley IGS Poll, which conducts its series of election...

Co-Director Schickler quoted in KTVU2 story on Bay Area voter sentiments about high stakes State of the Union address

March 6, 2024

In the Fox KTVU article, Jana Katsuyama highlights slim margin in February polls between President Biden and Former President Trump, while highlighting some of the reasons for increasing dissatisfaction with each candidate's political bases. This slim margin adds more stakes to President Biden's State of the Union address, to which IGS Co-director Eric Schickler adds, "He's certainly going to convey a sense of himself as someone who works across the aisle, is not a sharp ideologue, and also committed to the norms of democracy,". The story continues to outline the ways that Bay Area...

Berkeley IGS Poll in Progress this Week (May 29 - June 4)

May 29, 2024
Berkeley IGS Poll in Progress This Week

This week the Institute of Governmental Studies will be conducting another of its periodic polls of the California public about major political and public policy issues facing the state. It is a legitimate non-partisan poll sponsored by the University that is carried out by distributing email invitations via Qualtrics to a carefully constructed random sample of the state’s registered voters. Data collection will continue through Tuesday, June 4.

The opinions of all survey participants will remain confidential and not be...

Democracy Camp Journals

Democracy Camp is designed for Cal undergrads who are interested in enhancing our democracy through public service, and who are still discerning their unique pathway. Students participate in either Democracy Camp in Berkeley, the Matsui Center's alternative spring break program, or...

Blog: IGS Fellows in the World

Our Matsui Center undergraduate fellows share their unique and transformative experiences in public service, research, and public policy opportunities.