The Chávez Institute welcomes two new senior researchers as of fall 2015: Drs. Elizabeth Brown and Sheldon Gen, both from the College of Health and Social Sciences' School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, have joined CCI as long-term research faculty. Their first joint project is the new Roadmap to Peace evaluation project. Welcome Liz and Sheldon!
Elizabeth Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University and Director of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. She holds a doctorate in Geography with a certificate in Law and Society Studies and a Master's degree in Cultural Studies. Her research examines the intersections between urban neighborhoods and crime control policies, and explores how depictions of crime and disorder influence juvenile justice policy, life histories of urban youth, and socioeconomic and racial inequality in the US. She has published articles on a diverse range of topics from trying youth as adults and public policy approaches to gang and school violence to urban redevelopment and contemporary urban policing strategies.
Sheldon Gen is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, where he teaches courses on public policy and applied research. His research examines public engagement in all phases of policy making processes, including policy advocacy, public outreach, policy analysis, and program evaluation. This interest stems from his decades of work with public and nonprofit organizations in issues of education, environment, public works, transportation, and development. He holds a BS and license in civil engineering, a MPA, and a Ph.D. in public policy. He is also an alumnus of the Peace Corps and the Presidential Management Fellowship.