Khatharya Um, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center, has recently been appointed Associate Dean in the Social Sciences Division at Berkeley. Accounting for 20 percent of the faculty, 25 percent of student enrollments, and 15 departments and programs, each among the most distinguished in the nation, the Social Sciences Division is the largest division within the university.
In this new article in The Gerontologist, ISSI affiliated graduate student Melanie Plasencia examines how cultural characteristics help shape perceptions of "age-friendly" environments among Latinx older adults. Based on ethnographic research, Plasencia finds that Latinx older adults use the term Tranquilo Ambiente to describe an environment where they feel connected and safe. Her findings show that both structural and cultural environmental factors influence older Latinxs understandings of age-friendly communities
On the podcast "Democracy Nerd," Larry Rosenthal, Chair of ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies, discusses the history of right-wing populism in American politics and his book, Empire of Resentment: Populism's Toxic Embrace of Nationalism.