Abramsky is a Lecturer in the University Writing Program at UC
Davis. Much of his work over the past decade has centered on
America’s criminal justice system, and he also writes on
political goings-on and cultural trends.
Dr. Chris Benner is an Associate Professor of Community and
Regional Development, and Chair of the Geography Graduate Group
at the University of California, Davis. His research
focuses on the relationships between technological change,
regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity,
focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work
and employment patterns.
Nicole Woolsey Biggart joined the Graduate School of Management
in 1981 as one of the School’s first faculty members. On June 1,
2010, she assumed the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency, which
directs the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. She served as dean
of the Graduate School of Management from July 1, 2003, to June
30, 2009. She held the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in
Technology Management from 2002 to June 2010.
A. Colin Cameron received his degree in Economics from Stanford
University in 1988. His research specialty is econometric theory
for cross-section data, especially count data, and applications
to labor economics and health economics data.
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David Campbell is a political scientist in the Human Ecology
Department at the University of California, Davis. He works as a
Community Studies Specialist for UC Cooperative Extension. The
goal of his research and extension work is to deepen the practice
of democratic citizenship in California communities. Taking
community planning and service delivery systems as the unit of
analysis, his research illuminates the policy dynamics and
collaborative mechanisms that shape local implementation of
federal, state, and foundation programs.
Gregory Clark received his degree in Economics from Harvard
University in 1985. His main current research, detailed in his
new book, The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of
Social Mobility, uses the information content of surnames to
estimate the rate and nature of inter-generational social
mobility in a variety of societies, including the USA.
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Katherine Conger received her degree in Sociology from Iowa State
University in 1993. Her research focuses on the quality and
course of sibling relationships; interpersonal processes in
families emphasizing the linkages between family stress and
adolescent adjustment; and observational research methods.
Rand Conger received his degree in Sociology from the University
of Washington in 1976. His research focuses on social and
economic stress; life course development; family interaction
processes; and family research methods.
Peter Franks received his M.D. degree from the University of
London, England. His research focuses on research design and
methodology in primary care, psychosocial and socioeconomic
factors affecting health, and health status measurement.
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Kevin Gee received his doctorate from Harvard University. His
previous position was as a lecturer at the Taubman Center for
Public Policy at Brown University. His research interests focus
on the role that children’s health plays in their ability to
learn. He also brings strong expertise in large-scale program
Gail Goodman received her degree in Developmental Psychology from
UCLA in 1977. Her areas of research expertise include welfare
recipients, foster care, and the intergenerational transmission
of attachment insecurity.
Dr. Guyer’s research focuses on the behavioral and neural
mechanisms that may underlie the way that adolescents think and
feel. One overarching question throughout her research is how
does attentional focus modulate the brain circuitry involved in
Drew Halfmann’s research and teaching focuses on the politics of
health and social policy, with an emphasis on the role of
political institutions. His first book was on the
politics of abortion in the United States, Britain and
Canada. His next book will examine the African-American
struggle for health equality from Reconstruction to Obamacare.
Erin Hamilton received her degree in Sociology from the
University of Texas, Austin in 2009. Her current research
investigates the social and demographic sources of international
migration from Mexico to the United States.
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Angela Harris received her degree from the University of Chicago
Law School in 1986. Her research focuses on critical legal
theory, examining how law can reinforce and challenge
subordination on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, class, and
other dimensions of power and identity.
Paul Hastings received his degree from the University of Toronto.
His research focuses on the impact of stressors on child and
adolescent well-being, and the effects of poverty on
physiological reactivity, regulation and development of mental
and physical health problems.
Paul Heckman received his degree in Curriculum and the Study of
Schooling from the University of California, Los Angeles in
1982. His research focuses on the educational ecology of
communities, school restructuring, and school culture, change and
Jacob Hibel received his degree in Sociology and Demography from
Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His research focuses on
the causes and consequences of childhood educational
inequalities, including those related to poverty, disability,
race/ethnicity, immigrant generation status, and spatial
Dr. Leah Hibel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Human Ecology. She received her degree in Biobehavioral Health
from Penn State University in 2009. Dr. Hibel’s research focuses
on maternal and child health particularly in the context of
Michal Kurlaender’s work focuses on education policy and
evaluation, particularly practices that address existing
racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality at various stages of
the educational attainment process.
Jonathan K. London received his degree in Environmental Science
Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2011. His research
addresses conflicts and collaboration in natural resource and
environmental issues, specifically on marginalized rural
communities and environmental justice issues in the Sierra Nevada
and the Central Valley.
Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center for
Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Family and
Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She
serves on the executive committee for the UC Davis Comprehensive
Cancer Center, and is a member of the US Preventive Services Task
Force. She received her MD from UC San Francisco and her MPH in
epidemiology from UC Berkeley.
Deb Niemeier received her degree in Civil and Environmental
Engineering from the University of Washington in 1994. Her
research focuses on the impact of low income families’ access to
transport on jobs, healthcare, and schools.
Dina Okamoto received her degree in Sociology from the University
of Arizona in 2001. Her poverty related research focuses on
interviews and ethnographic studies of low-income immigrant
families and their adaptation to life in the U.S.
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Marianne Page is Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty
Research. Her research includes inter-generational mobility and
the impact of social programs on children’s outcomes. Recent
projects include investigations of the causal relationship
between parental education and children’s success in school,
distributional effects of class size reduction policies, and the
impact of the WIC program on young children’s health.
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Giovanni Peri received his degree in Economics from UC Berkeley
in 1998. His research focuses on the determinants of
international migrations and their impact on labor markets,
productivity, and investments.
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Lisa Pruitt’s areas of research include legal and policy
implications of income inequality along the rural-urban continuum
and legal aspects of declining mobility, with an emphasis on
diminishing access to higher education.
Leticia Saucedo received her degree, cum laude, from
Harvard Law School in 1996. Her research centers on employment
and immigration law, immigrants in low-wage workplaces and the
structural dynamics affecting their entry.
Kimberlee Shauman received her degree in Sociology, Population
Demography and Ecology from the University of Michigan in 1997.
Her areas of expertise include social stratification, family and
kinship, demography, sociology of education, and quantitative
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Ann Huff Stevens is Director of the Center for Poverty Research
at UC Davis and Professor and Chair of the Department of
Economics. She studies low income workers and labor markets, the
incidence and effects of job loss, connections between economic
shocks and health, and poverty and safety-net dynamics.
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Ross A. Thompson’s research focuses on the applications of
developmental research to public policy concerns, including
school readiness and its development, early childhood
investments, and early mental health.
Professor Ventry is a graduate of UC Los Angeles (B.A., History),
UC Santa Barbara (Ph.D., Economic and Legal History), and New
York University School of Law (J.D.). He is the author of dozens
of articles, book chapters, and an edited volume. His research
interests include tax policy, tax theory and history, family
taxation, legal ethics and professional standards, tax
administration and compliance, distributive justice, and public