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Pew Research Center Research Associate to Discuss How Global Legislators Use Twitter

On Thursday, March 4, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Public Policy will host a talk by Kat Devlin, a Research Associate of the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, about the Center’s recent work using computational social science and social media to evaluate what lawmakers around the world think about current international...
By Maddie Bunting |

Transgender Rights in California and Across the Nation

In a new podcast episode of Policy Chats, Audrey Irmas Director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California Amanda Goad talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about transgender policies and protections. According to her profile, Goad “fights for the rights and civil liberties...
By Samantha Monterroso |

Professor Qingfang Wangs Wins Best Paper Award at AAG

Congratulations to Professor Qingfang Wang for winning the 2021 American Association of Geographers (AAG)-Kauffman Award for Best Paper in Geography & Entrepreneurship! Her paper is titled Fostering Art and Cultural Entrepreneurship in Underserved Communities: A Case of Newark, NJ. "This award identifies innovative research in business, applied or community geography that is relevant to questions...

SPP Marketing & Communications Team Win Award from CASE District VII

The School of Public Policy's Marketing & Communications Team has been recognized at this year's Virtual 2021 CASE District VII Awards of Excellence Homecoming Show! The Marketing Team received the Bronze Award for their entry "SPP Virtual and Student Engagement" in the Communications Pivot category. You can learn more about SPP's Virtual and Student Engagement...

Experts weigh in on whether COVID-19 is here to stay

COVID-19 is far from beaten. Vaccines may not be the ultimate panacea to haul us out of the pandemic crisis. In the future, will outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, arrive in waves every winter? Might COVID-19 never go away? Experts at the University of California, Riverside, weigh in. Katherine A. Borkovich, professor...

A Conversation about Education Equity in California

On Thursday, February 25th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on “Research, Policy, and Advocacy: A Conversation about Education Equity in California,” by Mayra Lara, associate director of educator engagement at The Education Trust - West. According to her profile, Lara “works closely with County Offices of Education, school...
By Maddie Bunting |

The Implications of a Partisan Congress

A new podcast episode of Policy Chats features a discussion with University of California, Riverside (UCR) professor of political science Ben Bishin about what to expect from a divided Congress entering President Biden’s first term in office. According to his profile, Bishin’s interests reside in questions of democracy, representation, identity and ethnicity, public opinion, legislative...
By Samantha Monterroso |

APPAM Executive Director to Discuss Public Policy Analysis and Management

On Wednesday, February 24th, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on “The Role of Public Policy in Challenging Times: An Introduction to APPAM,” by Tara Sheehan, executive director of the Association of Public Policy Analysis & Management. According to her profile, “Sheehan has served as the Executive Director of...
By Maddie Bunting |

Harvard Professor to Discuss Criminal Justice

On Thursday, February 18th, the Presley Center of Crime & Justice Studies, the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, and the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, will be hosting an exclusive conversation with Sandra Smith about how pretrial detention informs future criminal justice involvement. Smith is the Daniel and Florence...
By Maddie Bunting |

New Bequest to Support SPP Students to Experience UC Washington Center in D.C.

Dr. Derick Brinkerhoff ’69 and Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff of Bethesda, Maryland have established a new endowed scholarship in public service through their estate. This transformational gift will provide financial support to eligible UCR School of Public Policy (SPP) students to spend a quarter in the UC Washington Center (UCDC). UCDC is a multi-campus residential, instructional...

Social Services Offered Amid Pandemic

“Community service and preventative services should always be key in order to alleviate the problems of society,” Director of Public Social Services in Riverside County Sayori Baldwin said as a guest in a new podcast episode of Policy Chats. Holding a master’s degree in public administration, Baldwin has a wealth of experience in the health...
By Samantha Monterroso |

Public Policy Professor Discusses Civic Engagement in the 2020 Election

Following the 2020 election, a new podcast episode of Policy Chats features a discussion with Kevin Esterling, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) about utilizing technology to bridge the communication gap between constituents and representatives as well as rifts in the Democratic Party. Esterling is a...
By Maya Prasad and Samantha Monterroso |

Americans Show Preference for Remote Voting in Congress

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By Kevin M. Esterling |

Columbia Sociologist to Unveil California Poverty Rates

On Thursday, December 10th, the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy, will be hosting an exclusive discussion with Zach Parolin of Columbia University about the California’s poverty rates during COVID-19, including poverty rates had the CARES Act not been passed. Parolin has developed a...
By Maddie Bunting |

Local Black Leader to Discuss Fair Housing

On Thursday, December 3rd, the UCR School of Public Policy will be hosting a virtual seminar on the history of fair housing laws, by Rose Mayes, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County and vice president of the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California. Mayes has worked in fair housing, civil...
By Maddie Bunting |

Giving Tuesday Fundraiser for Policy Students Affected by COVID-19

As part of the Giving Tuesday global movement on December 1st, the UCR School of Public Policy is raising funds in support of students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The school established an emergency fund this summer to provide financial support to public policy students facing housing, health, and food challenges brought about by the...
By Maddie Bunting |

SPP Advisory Board Member and MPP alumnus, Jesse Melgar, appointed Communications Director in the Office of the Governor Gavin Newsom

Congratulations to SPP Advisory Board Member and MPP alumnus, Jesse Melgar, on his new appointment as Communications Director in the Office of the Governor Gavin Newsom! Read the announcement

Modernizing congressional tech will require old fashioned collaboration

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By Kevin M. Esterling, Marci Harris, and Claire Abernathy |