Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of political science and associate dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy. His research focuses on civic participation, public opinion, and immigration policy in the United States. He is the author, most recently of The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and is founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP). Ramakrishnan is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from places such as the Russell Sage Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He has over 1,000 news appearances, including in the New York Times, Economist, Los Angeles Times, PBS Newshour, and MSNBC. Ramakrishnan received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.
Michelle G. MagalongAssociate Director
Michelle Magalong is the Associate Director of the Center for Social Innovation at the UCR School of Public Policy. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies and Planning at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and MA and PhD in Urban Planning at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research and professional experience is in community development, historic preservation, and public health in underrepresented communities. She also serves as Executive Director of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation, a national volunteer-run organization.
Alton WangAssistant Director
Alton Wang is the Assistant Director for the Center for Social Innovation, where he coordinates research activity, manages center communications, and engages external stakeholders. Previously, Alton worked as policy advisor to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), where he coordinated a broad communications platform to amplify the concerns of AAPI constituencies. Prior to CAPAC, Alton managed communications and development at Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), focusing on engaging and mobilizing AAPIs in electoral and civic participation.
Cecilia AyónDirector, Immigration Working Group
Cecilia Ayón is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy. Her research broadly examines factors that promote and hinder Latino immigrant families’ wellbeing, health disparities, and intervention development and evaluation. Her research has been founded by the Silberman Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development. She is currently carrying out a large mixed methods study on the ethnic-racial socialization process among Latino immigrant families. The study examines the impact of restrictive state level immigration policies and discrimination on parenting practices.
Loren CollingwoodDirector, Civic Engagement Group
Loren is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching interests include American politics, political behavior, race and ethnic politics, and political methodology. He received his Ph.D. in political science from University of Washington in 2012, and his B.A. from California State University, Chico, with a stint in between at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in Washington, DC. His dissertation and upcoming book examines cross-racial political campaigning where candidates and voters are of different racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Francisco PedrazaDirector, Civic Engagement Group
Francisco I. Pedraza (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2010) is a political scientist at University of California, Riverside with appointments in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science. He is the coordinator of the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium. Francisco’s research centers on political attitude formation and political behavior, with a special emphasis on the attitudes and behaviors of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. His research draws on sociological, psychological, and policy processes theoretical frameworks to better understand individual-level policy preferences, electoral candidate preferences, political knowledge, and other political orientations like trust in government. His substantive research interests also include the relationship between immigration policy and health policy.
Ellen ReeseDirector, Economic Mobility Group
Ellen Reese is Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on gender, race, and class, welfare state development, social movements, and poverty and work. She is author of They Say Cutback; We Say Fightback! Welfare Activism in an Era of Retrenchment (2011, American Sociological Association’s Rose Series) and Backlash Against Welfare Mothers: Past and Present (2005, University of California Press). She is also co-author of The World Social Forums and the Challenges of Global Democracy (2007, Paradigm Publishers) and co-editor of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women’s Poverty (2007, Paradigm Publishers) and A Handbook of World Social Forum Activism (2012, Paradigm Publishers).
Kevin M. EsterlingSenior Researcher, Civic Engagement Group
Kevin Esterling is professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside. His research identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. His latest book is Politics with the People: Building a Directly Representative Democracy (with Michael Neblo and David Lazer, forthcoming on Cambridge University Press). His work has appeared in many academic journals such as Science, The Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, The American Political Science Review, and Political Analysis. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999.