Mission & Purpose

#challengeineq#challengeineqPUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America is pleased to announce the publication of its 5th anniversary issue: "Public… https://t.co/N2V9fzGC5812 hours ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: I am delighted to be part of this vitally important project. Congratulations @researchjustice ! What a lovely continuation…7 days ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: The city that made me an urbanist: Kolkata. @SominiSengupta shows us how its wetlands have been destroyed by urban developm…2 weeks ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @IJURResearch: Today at #ISA2018: @rkeil delivers the IJURR lecture, titled "Political Ecology Beyond the Urban: Situated Peripheries an…4 weeks ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @UCLALuskin: New maps from @KnowledgeLuskin and the Urban Displacement project offer a bird’s eye view of the #LosAngeles region and "th…1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @UCLALuskin: #TBT back to April when @ChallengeIneq at #UCLALuskin convened scholars & community organizers to share research and #activ1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: Tomorrow at #AESOP2018 , I’ll join Oren Yiftachel, Ali Madanipour, Laura Colini in the roundtable organized by Daniela de L…1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @relpov: Our second podcast in the "New Poverty Politics for Changing Times" series is now live, featuring Davarian L. Baldwin and Emma…1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @wendytangz: So stoked this #aesop2018 that we finally have #female #poc keynote discussing #race #diversity #postcolonial #reparations1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @mufty_h: "I am worried of the great distance between spatial planning and social movements like 'black lives matter" Bold statement by…1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @clairevcollie: Keynote on radical hospitality; moving from cities as sanctuary to abolitionist planning; interrogating cities as border…1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @Marlon_Boarnet: Inspirational keynote address by @ananyaUCLA at #AESOP2018. Powerful message on ethic of hospitality and responsibiliti…1 month ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqTake a look at our video highlights from the two-day Luskin Lecture, “Black, Brown, and Powerful: Freedom Dreams in… https://t.co/wAAufbEfYg2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineq“University-based theory & research has a role to play in transforming unequal cities.”-@ananyaUCLA Check out the f… https://t.co/fXUDW2Hyqt2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @klytlehernandez: Tomorrow. 6/21. 11am. Real talk with city and community leaders abt how LA built the largest jail system in the world.…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: Today at the Getty Center, i joined @kenton_card , @hildistrict , Teddy Cruz & Fonna Forman to discuss “Expulsions.” @Chall2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqToday our Director @ananyaUCLA is at the Getty Center for the inauguration of the Thomas Mann House & 'The Struggle… https://t.co/9MsBM1IK6L2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: Here at the Getty Center for inauguration of the Thomas Mann House & a day of discussion. The Struggle for Democracy is ind…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: One last & very special graduation: Underground Scholars. @ChallengeIneq is proud to support this transformative initiative…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: Congrats to Dr. Matthew Mizel (@Jammasterjew ) for his doctorate in Social Welfare @UCLALuskin . And a huge thanks for his…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: Special shout-out to @ib2_real for receiving the Public Policy best student award @UCLALuskin ‘s commencement today. You in…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: Today @alvinfteng graduated from @UCLALuskin . He’s had a profound impact on the school, from curriculum to policy advocacy…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @labramsucla: What Is a Juvenile? A Cross-National Comparison of Youth Justice Systems - Laura S. Abrams, Sid P. Jordan, Laura A. Monter…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @UCLALuskin: Tune in at 9am PST on Friday, June 15 for the livestream of the #UCLALuskin School of Public Affairs 2018 Commencement cere…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @milliondlrhoods: Dr. @klytlehernandez speaking about the disparate racial impacts of the money bail system. Her report with @ib2_real a…2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqFREE EVENT: Today @UCLALuskin"Social Justice in Policymaking | Mobilizing our Disciplines" This Luskin-wide symposi… https://t.co/pInBQ7dBiz2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @antievictionmap: https://t.co/k51vmQxMlD2 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqJOB OPPORTUNITY: The Deputy Director, II&D @UCLALuskin (#28000) will be responsible for building strong partnership… https://t.co/EF5UiSuFPw3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @UCLALuskin: #UCLALuskin followed 3 students this year as they pursued MSW, MPP & MURP degrees. All will graduate in a few short weeks a…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @VictoriaLawso19: Check out first in series of poverty podcasts convened by @relpov featuring @ananyaUCLA & Nicholas de Genova: https://…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @cdts_utoronto: The Centre is extremely excited to announce a new research partnership with @LSE_LACC @ChallengeIneq @CiderUniandes. In…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqWE ARE HIRING! Title: Deputy Director, II&D @UCLALuskin (#28000) The Deputy Director will be responsible for the cr… https://t.co/eLwG7p5SPx3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqCongratulations to our Deputy Director #JocelynGuihama on her new position as Director of Undergraduate Admin & Exp… https://t.co/iPQn84LDLw3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: “Traffic in the Americas”: @ChallengeIneq is delighted to be part of a new research collaborative funded by SSHRC, led by K…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqFREE EVENT: This Fri., 5/25 the @UCLA Dept. of Comparative Lit. presents "Area Impossible: Sexuality & Geopolitics… https://t.co/BQgHVgZ2bI3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @GarySegura: Professor @ananyaUCLA Roy and the @UCLALuskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy earn important funding from the Nationa…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @UCLALuskin: #UCLALuskin's @ChallengeIneq received a 4-year $487K @NSF grant to support the establishment of a research network which wi…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @milliondlrhoods: In 2017, over 3.6 billion dollars in bail was levied in @LACity. $40,799,500 was paid in exchange for pre-trial releas…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @ananyaUCLA: I am proud to announce a National Science Foundation grant award for Housing Justice in Unequal Cities. This research netwo…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqThe @UCLALewisCenter is hosting "Too Much & Not Enough: Housing Costs and Scarcity" on May 18th. This is the 11th A… https://t.co/5xrcDtCn5E3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqFREE EVENT: "Legislative Theater for Racial Justice" on Fri. 5/18 @UCLA Northwest Campus Auditorium 6 p.m. bringing… https://t.co/habKrtHC0V3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineq@EmilioDS19 @EJohnsonLCSW Glad the presentation helped, Emilio.3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @UCLA_UHI: Join us for SALON 01, the inaugural UHI alumni symposium + exhibition at @UCLA_AUD's Perloff Hall. 5/19/18. RSVP: https://t.c…3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqUCLA GRADUATE STUDENTS: Are you doing projects in one or more of the following themes...? 1. Housing Justice in Une… https://t.co/MZuWFYCdjr3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @Belly841: Thank you @Redpipil for your amazing presentation on #schooltoprisionpipeline. You inspire me! @WeArePHA @UCLALuskin #WeArePH3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @UCLALuskin: #UCLALuskin and the #UCLA Asian American Studies Center welcomed new faculty member Karen Umemoto, who will lead the @uclaa3 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqRT @alvinfteng: It was such a privilege to present @milliondlrhoods research last weekend. We had important conversations around Community…4 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqOn May7th distinguished panelists will discuss the key findings from the recently released report, South LA Since t… https://t.co/oRucjXe2ID4 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqCALL FOR PROPOSALS: We continue to support @UCLA #student projects that explore 1 or more of our research themes:… https://t.co/18oVdrffZ24 months ago
#challengeineq#challengeineqWe invite applications from @UCLA faculty for grants to support research related to 1 of the following themes: Hou… https://t.co/exmpl1Xhbw4 months ago
The Institute on Inequality and Democracy advances radical democracy in an unequal world through research, critical thought, and alliances with social movements and racial justice activism. We analyze and transform the divides and dispossessions of our times, in the university and in our cities, across global South and global North.

In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that “the function of the university is not simply to teach breadwinning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.”  For Du Bois, the problem of the 20th century was “the problem of the color-line.” It is knowledge of the color-line, and action against it, that formed his life’s work, both in the university and in the world.

We launch the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin to understand and transform the divides and dispossessions, the “color-lines”, of the 21st century. At a time of unprecedented income inequality in the United States, we join the growing call for rigorous analysis of the processes through which such inequality has been produced, that recognizes the corrosive effects of the warehousing of wealth and power on civic life, and that seeks to undo such inequality through new frameworks of redistribution and democratic politics.

The following are key elements of the scope of the Institute:

In the United States, we pay close attention to current patterns of income and wealth inequality and the various proposals to enact economic justice. We argue that such issues are entangled with the unfinished work of racial justice.  In particular, a critical understanding of racial exclusion allows us to understand how liberal democracy is constituted through inequality. Not reducible to economic disadvantage, and yet embedded in the global economy, the color-lines of the 21st century demand analysis of interconnected processes such as predatory financialization, mass incarceration, political disenfranchisement, and spatial redlining.

We think across North and South, noting that the rearrangement of the global economy and global governance requires new lines of inquiry about human development and social redistribution. Instead of the U.S. as the pivot of our work, we pay attention to how in the populous democracies of the world (for example, India, Brazil, and South Africa), where poverty and segregation persist, social mobilizations and political dissent have prompted incomplete but promising programs of inclusive growth and social protection that are taking center stage in global debates.  It is from this vantage point that we return to the North Atlantic and its current moment of austerity and attenuated welfare systems to contemplate the politics of redistribution possible at a time of crisis. For us, academic inquiry can play a crucial role at such conjunctures, expanding the scope of debate beyond politically expedient solutions to consider progressive utopias and radical alternatives.

We start with the work of subordinated peoples and marginalized communities in foregrounding and contesting entrenched exclusions in an era of economic prosperity and liberal democracy.  We believe that such movements create political openings for social change, that they craft the conceptual vocabularies for social justice, and that they produce a worldliness that connects North and South. In particular, they inspire us to think of democracy in expansive terms, as much more than electoral democracy, as the right to the city, as basic minimum income, as civil and financial disobedience, as black futures, and above all as what philosopher Achille Mbembe delineates as “democracy as a community of life.” We aim to mobilize the capacity of the research university to serve as an ally for these efforts to create globally interconnected democratic futures.

Keeping in simultaneous view the tenacity of inequality and potentiality of democracy, we are keenly aware of our location in Los Angeles.  We conceptualize this location as global LA, a city shaped by global wealth and power as well as by transnational geographies of community organizing. In particular, Los Angeles allows us to study the relationship between wealth and urban change, including through a focus on structures and processes such as gentrification, philanthrocapitalism, and the privatization of public policy reform.

Equally our location is in the public university, which we view as a vitally important institution for the remaking of American democracy and the unmaking of precarity.  The public university has an intimate relationship with the “real life” of which Du Bois wrote, and we believe that this intimacy generates a responsibility for public affairs and an impulse to educate a next generation for whom citizenry is not an enclave of privilege but rather shared and collective existence amidst difference. The University of California is an especially propitious home for our institute. Like liberal democracy, the public university at once bears the promise of inclusion and manifests the persistence of exclusion.  Inspired by a new generation of student mobilizations, we hope to transform the university.

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