Professor Lisa García Bedolla Named Next Director of IGS

Lisa García Bedolla
June 15, 2017

UC-Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Research A. Paul Alivisatos has appointed Professor Lisa García Bedolla, Chancellor’s Professor in the Graduate School of Education, as the next Director of IGS, effective July 1, 2017.

García Bedolla is a distinguished scholar whose research focuses on how marginalization and inequality structure the political and educational opportunities available to members of ethnoracial groups, with a particular emphasis on the intersections of race, class, and gender. She will become the eighth director of IGS, joining a legacy of over nine decades of acclaimed interdisciplinary research, educational activities, and public service. 

"Lisa García Bedolla is an inspired choice to serve as the next Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies," said the Honorable John A. Pérez, Speaker Emeritus of the California Assembly and a Regent of the University. "She is a distinguished scholar who has considerable credibility with legislators and public servants. The first female and first Latina/Latino person to lead the IGS, Professor García Bedolla represents not only the best of California but our future."

García Bedolla's vision for fostering IGS scholarship and extending the Institute’s impact includes adapting IGS publications to the way policy makers and citizens consume information, deepening ties to local Bay Area governments, and moving deliberately to enlist the support of those who see the urgent need to advance rational, evidence-based approaches to decision making at all levels of government during this pivotal moment in history. García Bedolla received her undergraduate degree from Berkeley and her PhD in political science from Yale. She taught at CSU Long Beach, UC Irvine, and UCLA before joining Berkeley in 2008.

García Bedolla succeeds Professor Jack Citrin, who is retiring after leading the Institute for 10 years and serving on the Berkeley faculty for more than 40 years. As Director, Citrin oversaw the addition of many programs to the Institute, including the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, the Berkeley IGS Poll, the Evidence in Governance and Politics program, the California Journal of Politics and Policy, the Anglo-American Studies Program, the Barbara Boxer Lecture Series, and the Harold Smith Defense and National Security Series. In announcing the appointment of Garcia Bedolla, Alivisatos also noted Citrin's leadership of the Institute's strengthened fundraising efforts, which have raised more than $5 million to support the Institute's programs. "The Berkeley community is deeply indebted to Professor Citrin for his years of leadership," Alivisatos said.

Alivisatos also thanked the search committee, which was led by Professor Taeku Lee.

"The Institute of Governmental Studies is a critical resource for Berkeley and we are very appreciative that Lisa García Bedolla will bring her energy, depth of experience, and entrepreneurial ideas for change to the position," Alivisatos said.