Researcher Directory

Welcome to the IAC Social Justice Research Directory

This directory serves as an inventory of published and ongoing social justice research, rooted in communities of color, taking place at UCLA.  Our aim is to enhance and showcase the collaborations between researchers across campus, and with the broader community, by identifying and categorizing UCLA faculty and their social justice based-research projects by thematic research categories.  The faculty researchers in this directory are affiliated with our ethnic studies research centers, which comprise of the American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center.

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Aisha Finch Bookmark

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Gender Studies
Email: akfinch@ucla.edu

Current Project(s): 

  • UCLA International Institute; Her areas of research and teaching include comparative slavery; political and intellectual movements in Cuba, Latin America, and the African Diaspora; gender ideologies in the Caribbean, and black feminist thought.

Alfreda Iglehart Bookmark

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Public Affairs/Social Welfare
Email: iglehart@ucla.edu

Current Project(s): 

  • UCLA Interdisciplinary and Cross Campus Affairs; Dr. Iglehart is investigating the quality of life of individuals after they have aged out of foster care. Her research, as well as that of others, shows that numerous former foster care individuals are at-risk for negative outcomes such as homelessness, substance abuse, welfare dependency, and incarceration. Another aspect of Dr. Iglehart’s work addresses the history and development of non-clinical social work that includes social work practice in organizations, communities, and policy settings. As part of this focus, she is studying the organization, structure, and service delivery patterns of community-based agencies; inter-agency cooperation;and the development and effectiveness of collaboratives. She seeks to identify those policies and practices that facilitate inter-organizational relationships.Dr. Iglehart’s work also emphasizes the role of social justice in the service delivery process.

Amada Armenta Bookmark

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Urban Planning
Email: armenta@luskin.ucla.edu

Current Project(s): 

  • Dr. Armenta’s collaborative research projects examine Latino immigrants’ contacts with bureaucracies and how these contacts affect legal attitudes, fear of deportation, and willingness to further engage with bureaucracies and organizations.

Ananda Marin Bookmark

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Education
Email: marin@gseis.ucla.edu

Current Project(s): 

  • My research spans three focal areas: (1) the cultural organization and processes of social interaction, learning, and development across contexts; (2) implicit theories and senses of self as related to disciplinary learning and professional identities; and (3) the relationship between method, theory building, and the design of learning environments. Across these areas I explore questions about learning in a core domain of human knowing, the natural world, and by extension science education. In addition, the role of bodies, place/land, and mobility in teaching and learning interactions are central analytic frames for my scholarly work. Through my work I aim to answer basic research questions about development, innovate methods, and design teaching and learning tools that contribute to the goals and well-being of Indigenous and non-dominant communities.

Ananya Roy Bookmark

Title: Professor
Department: Urban Planning
Email: ananya@luskin.ucla.edu

Current Project(s): 

  • The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin: https://challengeinequality.luskin.ucla.edu/

Angela Riley Bookmark

Title: Professor
Department: Law
Email: riley@law.ucla.edu

Current Project(s): 

  • Prof. Riley examines issues related to repatriation under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and Indigenous peoples’ rights, with a particular emphasis on cultural property and Native governance