Faculty Co-Director, LPPI; Dean, Luskin School of Public Affairs; Professor of Public Policy and Chicana/o Studies
Areas of Expertise:Civil RIghts, Democracy & Civic Engagement, Demography & Population Studies
Gary Segura is dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, which sits at the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning, and policymaking. Prior to being appointed dean in January 2017, Segura served as the Morris M. Doyle Centennial Professor of Public Policy and director of the Center for American Democracy and the Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. Segura received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.
His research focuses on issues of political representation and social cleavages, the domestic politics of wartime public opinion, and the politics of America’s growing Latino minority. Dean Segura has published more than 55 articles and chapters, co-authored four books, and is a co-editor of “Diversity in Democracy: Minority Representation in the U.S.” His research has been published in the most prestigious disciplinary outlets, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. Segura’s most recent book publications include “The Future is Ours: Minority Politics, Political Behavior and the Multiracial Era of American Politics” (Congressional Quarterly Press), “Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences” (Cambridge University Press), and “Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population Is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation” (Public Affairs).
Segura has briefed members of both the U.S. House and Senate as well as senior White House officials and appeared on NPR, the News Hour, Frontline, the CBS Evening News, MSNBC, and numerous other outlets. Segura has testified as an expert on political power and discrimination in voting rights cases and in LGBT civil rights cases, and he has filed amicus curiae briefs on subjects as diverse as marriage equality and affirmative action. He has served as an expert witness in the two landmark LGBT rights cases of 2013, Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry.