UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

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University of California, Los Angeles
Luskin School of Public Affairs
UCLA School of Public Affairs.jpg
Established1994[citation needed]
Parent institution
University of California, Los Angeles
DeanGary M. Segura[1]
Academic staff
75[citation needed]
Students567 (as of Fall 2016)[citation needed]
Location, ,

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is the public affairs/public service graduate school at UCLA. The school consists of three graduate departments—Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning—and an undergraduate program in Public Affairs that began accepting students in 2018. In all, the school offers three undergraduate minors, the undergraduate major, three master's degrees, and two doctoral degrees.[citation needed] It was formerly known as the School of Public Policy and Social Research.

Departments and degrees[edit]

The Luskin School of Public Affairs offers degrees in the following concentrations:

Joint degree programs (J.D., MBA., Latin American Studies, Architecture and Urban Design, and Asian American Studies) are offered. Consult individual departments for more information.

The Luskin School of Public Affairs offers an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs

The following minors are offered for undergraduate UCLA students:

  • Public affairs
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Gerontology


  • Luskin Forum
  • Access Magazine
  • Blueprint
  • Critical Planning Journal

Research centers[edit]

The Luskin School of Public Affairs houses the following research centers:

  • Luskin Center for Innovation
  • The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
  • Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Center for Policy Research on Aging
  • Institute on Inequality and Democracy
  • The Latino Policy & Politics Initiative
  • The Center for Neighborhood Knowledge
  • Latin American Cities Initiative
  • UCLA Voting Rights Project

Unique programs include a Social Justice Initiative, Senior Fellows program, and Global Public Affairs.[2]

The UCLA Voting Rights Project[edit]

The University of California, Los Angeles Voting Rights Project (UCLA VRP) was founded in August 2019.[3] The UCLA VRP is affiliated with the UCLA Latino Politics & Policy Initiative and is housed within the Luskin School of Public Affairs.[3]

The UCLA VRP's Faculty Director is Dr. Matt Barreto, Ph.D, and the project's Director of Litigation is Chad W. Dunn.[4] The purpose of the UCLA VRP is to bring and support voting rights litigation and appeals, provide the Western United States with access to voting rights protections and resources, publish public policy research reports, and teach voting rights centered courses at UCLA for undergraduate, graduate, and law students.[3]

Notable work[edit]

The UCLA VRP is currently[when?] involved with the following: Higginson v. Poway, New York v. U.S. Dep't of Commerce, Texas L.U.L.A.C. v. Whitley, Harding v. Dallas County, Texas, and Veasey v. Perry (Abbott).[3]


  1. ^ "About Gary M. Segura". UCLA Luskin. 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  2. ^ "UCLA Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program | Community Health Sciences". chs.ph.ucla.edu.
  3. ^ a b c d "The UCLA Voting Rights Project". UCLA LPPI.
  4. ^ "UCLA Voting Rights Project (@ucla_vrp) | Twitter". twitter.com.

External links[edit]

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