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Faculty Research and Achievements

Faculty Research and Achievements

Media Mention June 23, 2020

'A moral failure': California not tracking jail inmates and staff infected with coronavirus

"More than three months into the coronavirus pandemic, California officials say they still have no plans to collect and publish basic data about COVID-19 testing and outbreaks in local jails, frustrating advocates, families and even some members of the state’s own jail oversight board. ... "'The need for this information is just so obvious,' said LBJ's Michele Deitch. 'Finding out the numbers of people that are infected and how widespread the virus is, how many people are dying, just seems like the most basic information they should be gathering.'"

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Media Mention June 23, 2020

Yes, someone is to blame

A pandemic may be represented as a "natural disaster." A global depression is, however, the product of ideology and powerful political actors, write LBJ's James Galbraith and Albena Azmanova.  

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Media Mention June 22, 2020

Latino voters worried about climate change could swing 2020 election

Latinos consistently vote in smaller numbers than other groups. The reasons are varied. Latinos often face structural barriers, like onerous voter ID laws or long lines at polling places. Many are immigrants or the children of immigrants and have never voted nor seen their parents vote. The biggest factor, however, may be that politicians are failing to reach Latinos or failing to speak to issues Latinos care about, said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean for civic engagement at the University of Texas.

"There is a need to attack apathy," she said. "While structural barriers do have an impact, the problem is apathy and figuring out what policies connect most to people." Consistently, Latinos say they want policies that address climate change.

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Media Mention June 19, 2020

Juneteenth holiday would offer U.S. chance to move forward by confronting racial past, scholar says

Peniel Joseph, founding director of the LBJ School's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, said declaring Juneteenth a national holiday would give people the chance to explore the issues highlighted in the recent protests.

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Media Mention June 19, 2020

Peniel Joseph: ‘We are at a watershed moment in American history’

Millions marched across the country in commemoration of Juneteenth amid new demands to end police brutality and systemic racism. Professor Peniel Joseph joins MSNBC's Ali Velshi to discuss the significance of Juneteenth in this moment and says he's encouraged by how diverse and widespread the protests are in calling for change.

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Media Mention June 19, 2020

Can You Hear Us Now: Juneteenth

"Into America" host Trymaine Lee convened a special panel for NBC News Now called "Can You Hear Us Now: Juneteenth." He and his panelists, including LBJ's Peniel Joseph, wrestled with America’s core question of freedom, and whether this dream can and will ever be a reality for Black Americans. 

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Media Mention June 17, 2020

Disaster capitalism or the Green New Deal

We now learn that the mismanagement of containment is not a bug, but a feature of policy. This presents us with a stark choice, write LBJ's James Galbraith and Albena

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Media Mention June 12, 2020

The road to recovery

LBJ's James Galbraith on the just how rocky we should expect the road to recovery to be.

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Media Mention June 12, 2020

Pre-to-3: New 'data playground' a destination for info on young children

Tthe new Early Childhood Data Dashboard — what the developers are calling a "data playground" — can answer for every county in the nation. "I love the focus on [early childhood]," said Cynthia Osborne, who directs the Child and Family Research Partnership and the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The dashboard, she said, is similar to the long-running Kids Count project and County Health Ratings and Rankings.

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Media Mention June 11, 2020

What does representative policy look like with Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

This episode of "Organize Your Butterflies" features a conversation with Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean of civic engagement, lecturer and faculty affiliate of Mexican-American and Latino Studies, and

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