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political science

Monica Velez

A UC Merced professor spent 18 months examining how religion mixed with political advocacy helped people who were formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society. Edward Orozco Flores explores these issues in his new book, “Jesus Saved an Ex-Con.” He spent time in LA and Chicago.

Listen to the above interview to learn more about Orozco's research and why some formerly incarcerated people wanted to use their voices to change legislation.

Jessica Trounstine

We’ve heard a lot about how government policies in San Joaquin Valley cities and beyond have created race and class segregation for more than a century. Well, now Jessica Trounstine, a UC Merced political science professor, has written a book about this American phenomenon called "Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities."

 

Listen to the interview above to hear more about how local governments intentionally use policies to segregate cities by race and wealth.