sanjan [at] berkeley.edu
Martín Sánchez-Jankowski is Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and Professor of Sociology. He also leads ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research and co-leads the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science and economics. His research focuses on inequality in advanced and developing societies and has been directed toward understanding the social arrangements and behavior of people living in poverty. He has studied urban gangs within U.S. low-income neighborhoods, resulting in the book Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society (1991). Subsequent studies have been directed at education, some of the results being reported in a book co-authored with five other Berkeley faculty entitled Inequality By Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (1996); and the social order of neighborhoods, with those results being published in Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods(2008). He is in the process of finishing two books that report the findings from two studies analyzing poverty's impact on academic achievement and school violence within the U.S. He is currently engaged in comparative field research on poverty among indigenous groups within the U.S. and Fiji.
ctrost [at] berkeley.edu
Christine Trost is Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. In addition to helping direct the overall research mission of the Institute, she works closely with the Center for Right-Wing Studies, the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, and leads the second year of the Graduate Fellows Program. Trost holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley. She has written journal articles and edited volumes on topics related to political ethics, campaign practices, and civic and political engagement, including co-authoring (with Irene Bloemraad) "It's a Family Affair: Intergenerational Mobilization in the Spring 2006 Protests," American Behavioral Scientists (December 2008); co-editing (with Alison Gash) Conflict of Interest and Public Life: Cross-National Perspectives (Cambridge, 2008); co-authoring (with Matthew Grossmann) Win the Right Way: How to Run Effective Local Campaigns in California (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2005); and co-editing, with Jonathan Bernstein and Adrienne Jamieson, Campaigning for Congress: Politicians at Home and in Washington (Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 1995). She recently completed a co-edited volume (with Lawrence Rosenthal) on the Tea Party, Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party (University of California Press, 2012). Prior to her position at ISSI, she led the research arm of UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies' Improving Campaigns Project (from 2001-2004), and she has taught American Politics courses at UC Berkeley and Mills College. In 2008 Trost received the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for her work as a member of the Berkeley Initiative for Leadership and Diversity Steering Committee.
Deborah Freedman Lustig
dlustig [at] berkeley.edu
Deborah Freedman Lustig is a cultural anthropologist whose research has focused on gender and education in the United States and Kenya, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2004-5. Lustig earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her articles about teenage mothers have been published in the journals Anthropology and Education Quarterly and Childhoodand in the edited volume Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice (Columbia University Press, 2009). Her recent research on risk and violence among young adults coming of age in Oakland, California has been published in Children and Youth Services Review and in the edited volume Education and the Risk Society: Theories, Discourse, and Risk Identities in Education Contexts (Sense Publishers 2012) and is available here. From 2006-2011 Lustig coordinated the research and training activities of the Center on Culture, Immigration, and Youth Violence Prevention, a project of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. In addition to helping direct the overall research mission of the Institute, she is the Academic Coordinator of theBerkeley Center for Social Medicine, the Center for Ethnographic Research and the Center for Research on Social Change, as well one of the Training Coordinators for the Graduate Fellows Program. To read more about Dr. Lustig click here.
cynthia.alvarez [at] berkeley.edu
Cynthia Alvarez is the Program Assistant for the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. She began her career at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, a public policy office for reproductive rights in Sacramento, California. After being with PPAC for three years, Cynthia gained great interest in public health and policy and began her journey to continue her education. Cynthia received her AA at Berkeley City College where she also participated in the Spanish Medical Interpreting Program. She plans on furthering her academic career in the near future. Cynthia joined the UC Berkeley family as a Public Education Specialist for the School of Public Health's Labor Occupational Health Program before beginning her appointment at ISSI.
minkus [at] berkeley.edu
David Minkus has been a Research Associate and Coordinator of the Graduate Fellows Program at the Institute for more than three decades. He is currently engaged in preliminary research on access to employment and training within the informal economies of Latino ethnic enclaves. Over the past fifteen years he has worked in research, training and consultant positions involved in design and evaluation of programs targeting at-risk youth and their families in school, after school, and community settings. He completed a one-year study of “Best Practices among Youth Serving Programs in Berkeley (2003-04),” for the City of Berkeley. David is also the principal author (with Michael Omi) of an Evaluation of the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas School of Business’ (YEAH) Program for Bay Area high school students. David has also engaged in extensive research on travel behavior and social impacts of transportation systems within the Bay Area. He was principal author of a variety of studies of travel behavior patterns and barriers to use of public transportation. These include studies of the impacts of BART on Bay Area lifestyles and social institutions; the Golden Gate Park Users Transportation Surveys; and the San Francisco Downtown Shoppers Survey. He was also principal author of the market feasibility study for the MUNI Market Street Historic Railcars.
David Montejano, Professor Emeritus, Ethnic Studies and History