Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Dean, School of Public Affairs


Los Angeles, CA

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. was appointed Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in September 2008. A longtime UCLA professor of public policy and political science, his research focuses on strategic communications, public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics. Through teaching, research and partnerships, Global Public Affairs at Luskin studies problems that have trans-border causes or effects, and gives UCLA Luskin students opportunities to learn the ways in which global affairs structure our world and explore solutions that require a global perspective. 

Since becoming dean, Gilliam has launched new campaigns to elevate the School of Public Affairs’ mission of public service, which comprises graduate programs in public policy, social welfare, and urban planning; an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in public affairs (one of UCLA’s most popular); and active research centers, including the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the Institute for Transportation Studies, the Center for Policy Research on Aging, and the Luskin Center for Innovation. He is the author of Farther to Go: Readings and Cases in African-American Politics (Harcourt Brace) and his work has been published in many leading academic journals. He is frequently interviewed or cited by national and international news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the BBC.

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