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I am a social scientist who seeks to understand persistent policy and legal problems related to inequality, opportunity and jobs. Though trained in sociology, I believe we can best understand our world when we integrate insights from a variety of disciplines, and I regularly engage and work with scholars in political science, law, history, economics, management and others.

A commitment to a practical approach to social science has led me to direct the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, where I am now exploring new ways for great research universities like UC-San Diego to provide value to the surrounding region– and the wider world.

After spending many years studying law and policy related to equal opportunity, my research and writing interests have expanded to include science and innovation policy — especially as these relate to STEM workforce development, the immigration of scientists and engineers, and their relationship to regional economic growth.