UEPI’s faculty and professional staff represent fields of environmental and public health, housing, urban planning, law, public policy, non-profit management, and more.
Staff work closely with the four professors in the UEP Academic Department, and also collaborate with other college departments including the Center for Community Based Learning and the Office of Community Engagement. Staff are housed at two different locations on campus, 1541 and 1882 Campus Road.
Robert Gottlieb is the author and co-author of twelve books and numerous other publications, including Food Justice (MIT Press, 2013), Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (MIT Press, 2007), and Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement (Island Press, 1993). Bob is the editor of two MIT Press series, "Urban and Industrial Environments" and “Food, Health, and Environment” which include more than 60 publications, and has been recognized for his contributions to the fields of environmental studies, environmental history, food studies, and urban policy, including the Carey McWilliams Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Studies Association. As the founder and Executive Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College since 1997, Bob has inspired and helped develop several groundbreaking programs, research studies and events in the environmental, transportation, ports, and food systems areas. A long time environmental and social justice activist, Bob has been engaged in researching and participating in social movements for more than 50 years.
Martha Matsuoka '83 focuses her teaching and research on environmental justice, community-based regionalism, sustainable community development, and social movements. Her current research focuses on policy, planning, organizing, and advocacy related to ports and goods movement. She is co-author with Manuel Pastor, Jr. and Chris Benner of “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big: Regional Equity Organizing And The Future Of Metropolitan America” published by Cornell University. She currently serves on the Board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation (currently serving as Chair) and the Human Impact Partners and is a member of the Switzer Foundation’s Fellowship Network. Martha received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley, and an A.B. from Occidental College.
Peter Dreier has been involved in urban policy as a scholar, government official, reporter, and advocate for over 30 years. He writes widely on American politics and public policy, specializing in urban politics and policy, housing policy, community development, and community organizing. He is also a frequent speaker on these topics and a regular contributor to The Nation, American Prospect, Huffington Post, New Labor Forum, Dissent, and the Los Angeles Times, and writes occasionally for the New York Times and the Washington Post. Peter is co-author of three books about cities and urban policy, including The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (2005) and Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (3rd edition, 2014). He is also the author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (2012). He is also engaged in civic and political efforts at the national and local levels. Peter joined Occidental in 1993 after serving as housing director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and senior policy advisor to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. He received his B.A. at Syracuse University and his M.A. & Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
Bhavna Shamasunder teaches and conducts research on issues related to environmental health and justice. She is interested in how community-based organizations can leverage science to advance their health and policy goals. Her previous research investigated how chemical biomonitoring has been leveraged by social movements to challenge widespread chemical exposures. Currently, she is working on the health impacts from unconventional oil drilling in the Los Angeles Basin. Bhavna teaches courses on environmental health, research methods in urban and environmental policy, environment & society, and the senior comprehensive research seminar.
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