Mariya Vizireanu is a research fellow 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 across 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 Ph.D. from Arizona State University and her M.S. in Health Promotion from Indiana University.
Berto Solis was born in Puebla, Mexico and grew up in California's Central Valley. He is a current Master of Social Science student at UCLA and concurrently serves as the program representative at the Undergraduate Research Center – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (URC-HASS). In this capacity, Berto is responsible for program outreach, website and data management, and administrative/event support. He received his BA in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2007 and has been working in higher education since. In his free time he enjoys breaking, fixing, modifying, and building hi-fi audio equipment and musical instruments.
David R Ayón
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David R. Ayón is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles as well as a senior strategist and advisor at Latino Decisions. Previously he was senior advisor to the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ayón is also a political analyst, writer and lecturer specializing in Latino Politics, U.S.-Mexico relations, and politics in the United States and Mexico. Educated at Princeton, Stanford and El Colegio de Mexico, Ayón has taught courses on politics, U.S.-Latin American relations and Latino Studies, and is an adjunct faculty member in political science at LMU. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a director of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation.
Steven Bradford is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Bradford made history as the first African American member of the Gardena City Council, a position he held for 12 years. During his time on the council, he presided over job and business growth and a balanced budget for the city. In 2009 he took those governing skills to Sacramento when he was elected to represent the 51st Assembly District. He was re-elected in 2010, and in 2012 he was elected once again to represent the redrawn 62nd District. Former Assembly Member Bradford earned a degree in political science from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Maia Krause is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. She assists with various phases of research including survey development, implementation, and dissemination. Prior to joining the Center she completed her PhD in English at UC Irvine. At UCI, she worked at the UC Humanities Research Institute, where she provided administrative and research support to initiatives in the humanities and social sciences. Krause earned her BA in English from Stanford University.
Mara A. Cohen
Mara A. Cohen is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Her scholarship on topics such as housing, community redevelopment, racial and ethnic politics, public opinion, and local elections appears in leading peer-reviewed and professional journals. Active in community organizations, she is a board member of a community organization called One LA and an alumni ambassador for the OpEd Project. Cohen received her PhD in political science from UCLA and her BA in political science from Colorado College.
Matt A. Barreto
Matt A. Barreto is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles and the co-founder and managing partner of the polling and research firm Latino Decisions. Barreto is also a professor of political science and Chicana/o studies at UCLA. The recipient of numerous recognitions for his research, including being named one of the top 15 leading Latino pundits by Huffington Post, he has been invited to brief the U.S. Senate, the White House, Congressional Committees, and has been a keynote speaker at many of the major Hispanic association conferences including NALEO, LULAC, CHCI, NCLR and others. He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine.
Stephen A. Nuño
Stephen A. Nuño is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. He is also an associate professor studying political behavior, race and ethnic politics, Latino politics, mobilization, and partisanship at Northern Arizona University. Nuño is a contributor for NBC News-Latino, where he focuses on national stories that have an impact on the Latino community. He has written over 100 pieces for NBC, along with articles for Reuters, TPM, MSNBC, and The Monkey Cage Blog for Washington Post. He has a BA from UCLA and a PhD from UC Irvine, both in political science.
Nathan D. Woods
Nathan D. Woods is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles and a partner of the Washington D.C. office of Edgeworth Economics, a consulting firm specializing in economic and statistical analysis. Woods serves as a consulting and expert witness and supervises economic and statistical research projects requiring the construction and analysis of large statistical and analytical databases. His published research concerns the application of statistics to answering questions surrounding political representation, public opinion, and participation. He has a PhD in political science from the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Politics and Economics.
Frank J. Romo is a graduate fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. He earned his BA in Chicana/o Studies and Urban Studies from LMU in 2012. After graduation, Frank engaged in a yearlong post-graduate studies program in architecture and planning at Columbia University. Frank is currently pursuing a MA in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Frank’s Los Angeles based research seeks to document the expansion of the LA Metro Rail and monitor its effects on economic development throughout the region.