Liberty Hill to Honor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. with the Upton Sinclair Award

by Anonymous (not verified) on March 27, 2015

Liberty Hill Foundation‘s annual Upton Sinclair Dinner is less than a month away.  Taking place on April 21, the event honors Angelenos whose work in social justice has left such an indelible mark on those it aims to help that it deserves honoring and recognition.

Liberty Hill presents the Upton Sinclair Award to those who, like the muckraking journalist Sinclair, combine their talents and beliefs to advance social justice.

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

The Upton Sinclair Award honors those whose efforts illustrate a persistent commitment to social justice and equality. Liberty Hill is proud to present this year’s award to Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, for his work preparing a new generation of leaders to effectively serve and positively impact communities both locally and internationally. His commitment to social justice is evident in his leadership of the school and its programs, positioning UCLA Luskin’s teaching and research to make significant impacts on issues of shared concern with Liberty Hill.

Gilliam was appointed Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in September 2008. He is a longtime UCLA professor of public policy and political science. His research focuses on strategic communications, public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics.

As Dean of UCLA Luskin, Gilliam raised a $50 million naming gift, and he now leads the school’s charge to redefine its critical advantage and transform its scholarly and practical influence with innovation and impact. Since launching UCLA Luskin’s strategic plan in October 2011 with such new initiatives around global public affairs, digital cities, social justice and inequality, and democracy and leadership, Dean Gilliam has focused on identifying society’s most pressing problems and establishing the School as a leader in addressing them.

Prior to his appointment as Dean, Gilliam served as the first-ever associate vice chancellor of community partnerships in the University of California system from 2002 to 2008. As vice chancellor, he championed UCLA’s civic engagement by supporting engaged scholarship and community collaborations to improve the quality of life for residents of Los Angeles.

Gilliam’s research interests include strategic communications and its effects on shaping public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics. He is the author of Farther to Go: Readings and Cases in African-American Politics (Harcourt Brace) and his work has been published in many leading academic journals. He is frequently interviewed or cited by national and international news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, HuffingtonPost and the BBC.

Gilliam is a senior fellow with the FrameWorks Institute, where he has served as project director for the “Framing Race in America” project and has contributed to programs on health care, early child development, youth and rural issues, and criminal justice. Gilliam also serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and Southern California Grantmakers.

Twice nominated for UCLA’s Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, Gilliam has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grinnell College and the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and was a visiting scholar at Brandeis University. In addition, he taught at Columbia University, Fisk University and Middle Tennessee State University with former Vice President Al Gore. Dr. Gilliam received his B.A. from Drake University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa.