Social Sciences

Current Projects

Latinos and Economic Security (2005-Present)

Latinos and Economic Security (LES) is a national research project, funded by the Ford Foundation, with a goal to advance economic security for middle-age and aging Latinos by advocating, developing, and fostering a public policy agenda that prioritizes the needs of the Latino community.

Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (2017-present)

The Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) is a comprehensive think tank that champions nonpartisan, evidence-based domestic policy solutions that improve the economic, political, and social landscape for California’s plurality and the nation’s new majority. LPPI is a joint partnership of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, with support from the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

Completed Projects

Hate Speech in the Media (2008-2013)

The Hate Speech in the Media Project is a pilot study on hate speech on commercial talk radio. Its goal is to develop a research methodology for the quantitative evaluation of hate speech.

Mexican American Study Project (2003-2008)

The Mexican American Study Project is a study on intra- and inter-generational change and persistence in ethnic identity and behavior as well as socio-economic mobility among Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and San Antonio.

Brown-Collar Occupations in Local Labor Markets (2002-2004)

This project utilized 1990 Census Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data on large, immigrant-receiving metropolitan areas to illuminate the earnings attainment process in brown-collar occupations (where immigrant Latinos concentrate).

Maquiladora Murders Project (2002-2004)

This project resulted in a brief, novel, and three-day international conference, "The Maquiladora Murders, Or, Who Is Killing the Women of Juárez?", held in Fall 2003.

UCLA Latino Policy Studies (SCR-43) Research Projects (2002-2009)

Cross disciplinary, policy-relevant research projects on Chicana/o and Latina/o issues in California.