Alumni News

  • Human Rights and DisabilityMaya Sabatello (PhD 2006) is the Director of the Disability Rights in Society Program at Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She has litigated cases of medical negligence and has worked as a legal advisor to national and international non-governmental organizations to promote health-related human rights and disability issues. Dr. Sabatello’s latest book, Human Rights and Disability Advocacy, was published in November 2013 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

  • Julia McGinnisJulia McGinnis (BA 2003, Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Political Science; MPA, 2006). “Alumna Julia McGinnis knows the trash cans and can’ts of waste management. McGinnis works at Orange County Waste & Recycling, the nation’s third-largest trash gas-to-energy project.” After graduation, McGinnis was offered a position at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. At 25, she became the chief of the bureau’s Enterprise Program Management Office, among the Department of the Interior’s youngest managers.

  • Tom Hogen-EschTom Hogen-Esch (PhD 2002) is now Associate Professor of political science at California State University, Northridge. His teaching interests include U.S. and California Government, Public Policy and Administration, Race and Ethnic Politics, and Urban Politics. He has published articles in California Journal of Politics and Policy (2011, 2011), A Companion History to Los Angeles (2010), Urban Affairs Review (2006; 2001), California Politics and Policy (June 2004), and California Policy Issues Annual (March 2003). He is regularly quoted in the media on Los Angeles and California government.

  • Jinee LokaneetaJinee Lokaneeta (PhD 2006) has received tenure and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Drew University. Congrats Jinee! Her book, Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India was published in 2011 by New York University Press and a South Asian edition was published in 2012 by Orient Blackswan. Prior to USC, she taught political science at Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, India. In November 2011, Dr. Lokaneeta was interviewed by Sonali Kolhatkar of Uprising Radio, exploring her book in great detail. To hear the complete interview, click on this link: Uprising Radio interview.

  • James S. Lai (PhD 2000) is an Associate Professor who holds a joint appointment with the Ethnic Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at Santa Clara University. His teaching and research interests and specialties include U.S. racial and ethnic politics, U.S. immigration, Asian American politics, urban politics, community studies, and California state and local politics. In 2011, Dr. Lai published his book, Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations (Lynne Rienner Publishers), which examines the demographic shifts and the rise of Asian American political incorporation in

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