Researchers


Belinda ReyesBelinda Reyes is the Director of the César E. Chávez Institute and Associate Professor at the Latina and Latino Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.  Formerly a Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Merced, and a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Reyes has briefed various federal, state, and local governmental bodies and addressed numerous civic organizations.  She has been a senior program associate at PolicyLink; lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; a research fellow at the University of Michigan; and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the policy issues confronting Latinos, immigrants and people of color in the United States.
 
Elizabeth BrownElizabeth 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 GenSheldon 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.
 

Umadevi SenguttuvanUmadevi Senguttuvan Uma earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University, IN and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University, NJ. Uma is strongly committed to both research and clinical work. Her diverse research interests include youth’s socioemotional development, health, family processes, culture, and social policies. Being a non-Caucasian herself, she is highly interested in the experiences of ethnic minorities. Uma joined CCI to provide statistical support and gain experience in education and policy research. She is interested in understanding how to improve student retention and graduation rates.