Researchers and Staff

Fernando J. Guerra

Fernando J. Guerra
Director

Office: University Hall 4119
Phone: 310.338.4565
Email: fguerra@lmu.edu

Fernando J. Guerra, professor of political science and Chicana/o studies, is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU. Guerra has served on standing commissions, blue ribbon committees, and ad hoc task forces for the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, and regional bodies in Southern California. He is a source for the media at the local, national, and international level and has published in the area of state and local government and urban and ethnic politics. He earned his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan and his BA from the University of Southern California.

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Brianne Gilbert

Brianne Gilbert
Associate Director

Office: University Hall 4114
Phone: 310.338.1779
Email: brianne.gilbert@lmu.edu
Twitter: @researcherbri

Brianne Gilbert is the associate director for the Center for the Study of Los Angeles and a senior lecturer in the departments of political science and urban and environmental studies at LMU. She has worked on dozens of studies involving voter polls, public opinion research, and leaders/elite surveys and has served as a consultant in the fields of sociology, anthropology, GIS (geographic information systems), methodology, and public opinion research. She also is the author of Statistics in the Social Sciences: Inferential Statistics as Rhetoric in Sociology. Gilbert received her BA from Wittenberg University and her MA from Florida International University.

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Mariya Vizireanu

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Mariya Vizireanu
Research Associate

Office: University Hall 4116
Phone: 310.338.1797
Email: mariya.vizireanu@lmu.edu
Twitter:@Healthy_PhD

Mariya Vizireanu is the research associate for the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. With training in anthropology and public health, her independent work has focused on how mental models of health phenomena differ cross cultures. As an interdisciplinary mixed methods researcher, she has authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from how social networks influence health behaviors to the evolutionary psychology of food perceptions. Vizireanu earned her Global Health PhD from Arizona State University and her MS in Health Promotion from Indiana University.

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Alejandra Alarcon

Alejandra Alarcon
Research Coordinator

Office: University Hall 4112
Phone: 310.338.1819
Email: alejandra.alarcon@lmu.edu
Twitter: @alealarconla

Alejandra Alarcon is a research coordinator for the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles. She oversees StudyLA's visual style in select print and web materials and manages all social media platforms. She also assists with planning and promoting StudyLA special events including lectures, forums, and conferences. She leads StudyLA's undergraduate research team and mentors them through tasks related to administration, external communications, media production, event production and programming. Alarcon earned her BA in Chicana/o Studies from Loyola Marymount University.

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Alex Kempler

Alex Kempler

Alex Kempler
Research Assistant

Office: University Hall 4116
Phone: 310.338.5254
Email: alex.kempler@lmu.edu
Twitter: @alexkempler

Alex Kempler is a research assistant at the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles. She helps to develop, implement, and manage all phases of StudyLA’s research projects, including Forecast LA, exit polls, and new projects. She aids in qualitative and quantitative research, the preparation of research reports, and the dissemination of results. Her research interests include cultural sociology, community based studies, and social movements. Kempler earned her BA in Sociology from Whitman College.

 

Jorge Cortes

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Jorge Cortes
Research Coordinator

Office: University Hall 4119
Phone: 310.338.4565
Email: jorge.cortes@lmu.edu

Jorge Cortes is a research coordinator for the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. He works closely with the Director and Associate Director, managing communications as office manager and providing budgetary and administrative assistance. He also assists with planning and support for StudyLA's research projects, conferences, lectures, and special events. Prior to joining StudyLA, he has worked in education and community-based organizations in San Francisco, New York, and Madrid, Spain. Cortes earned his BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University

Mason Stockstill

Mason Stockstill
Assistant Director of Communications
and Media Relations at LMU

Mason Stockstill is an Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations at LMU. Previously he worked in communications for Oakland-based SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, and as a journalist for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, The Associated Press, and City News Service. His work as a reporter was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and he twice placed in the National Headliner Awards. A native of Southern California, Stockstill earned a BA in American Literature and Culture from UCLA and an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, where he also taught writing.