ALUMNI NEWS

 

Maya Sabatello (PhD 2006) is the Director of the Disability Rights in Society Program at Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Maya also holds an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Maya 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. UPDATE: Dr. Sabatello’s latest book, Human Rights and Disability Advocacy, was published in November 2013 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Julia 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.

Seda Unsar (PhD 2008) has accepted an assistant professorship in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Arel University in Instanbul, Turkey. UPDATE: Dr. Unsar has promoted to Associate Professor, June 2013.

Tom Hogen-Esch (PhD 2002) is 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. Along with Terry Christensen, Professor Hogen-Esch is the author of Local Politics: A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots (M.E. Sharpe 2006). He has also 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). His dissertation, "Recapturing Suburbia: Urban Secession and the Politics of Growth in Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle," explored issues of governance, social movements, and urban fragmentation. From 1997-1999, he held a staff position for the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission. He is regularly quoted in the media on Los Angeles and California government.

Travis M. Poteat (BA 2003) graduated from USC with a BA in Political Science and a BA in English. He then attended University of Colorado Law School, where he attained his Juris Doctor in 2006. After graduating from law school, he sat for the July 2006 California Bar Exam and was sworn-in as a licensed attorney in February 2007. For the next several years, he worked as a contract attorney for a myriad of law firms including: Courteau & Associates; Law Offices of Larry D. Lewellyn; Law Offices of Randy Alexander; and the Sanders Firm LLP. In February 2011, Travis joined the law firm of Stone Busailah, LLP as the Senior Associate for its Appeals and Writs practice group. Presently, he is the Chair of the State and Local Taxation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Jinee Lokaneeta (PhD 2006) UPDATE: Professor Lokaneeta 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. Her research areas include law and violence, public law, political theory, jurisprudence, and cultural studies. On 9/26/2011 Drew published a profile of Professor Lokaneeta and her research. 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. Dr. Lai currently serves as the Director of the Ethnic Studies Program since 2008. 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

George A. Gonzalez (PhD 1997) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. His area of research specialization is U.S. environmental politics and policy (e.g., energy, pollution, global warming). Professor Gonzalez is author of the following books: Corporate Power and the Environment: The Political Economy of U.S. Environmental PolicyThe Politics of Air Pollution: Urban Sprawl, Global Warming, and the Empire of Capital, and Energy and Empire: The Politics of Nuclear and Solar Politics in the United States. He co-edited Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking - which won the 1998 Lynton Caldwell Book Award (given by the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy section of the American Political Science Association). George A. Gonzalez has published articles in the journals of PolityStudies in American Political DevelopmentCapitalism Nature Socialism, and Environmental Politics.


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