Thomas and Dorothy Leavey
Center for the Study of Los Angeles

The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles is one of the leading undergraduate research centers in the nation. We are a respected leader in public opinion surveys, exit polling, and leadership and community studies.

Founded in 1996, the Center conducts groundbreaking research through its LA Votes exit poll project, LA Riots Anniversary Studies, and LA Region Public Opinion and Leaders Surveys. We provide rigorous, mentored research experiences for undergraduate students with an emphasis on hands-on field research. As the preamble to the LMU mission states, “We benefit from our location in Los Angeles, a dynamic city that brings into sharp focus the issues of our time and provides an ideal context for study, research, creative work, and active engagement.” The Center brings this mission alive daily, taking pride in our work’s emphasis on understanding and communicating the issues in LA.