The Rose Review Director’s Report Andrew E. Busch, PhD
he Rose Institute is off to a good start as the new academic year begins. One of our first tasks, as always, was to select this year’s batch of new hires. From more than 70 applicants, we ultimately selected seven students, including four freshmen and three sophomores. Their new hire training is already well underway. The Redistricting Committee, including Board members, senior staff members, and an enthusiastic student team, is preparing for the next set of redistricting activities. These will include two more webinars, following the two webinars produced last spring, a redistricting conference at CMC in April, another potential conference in central California, and additional research and public educational efforts. A team of student researchers is hard at work on a contract project for the City of Paramount, California, in Los Angeles County. A RAND report in the early 1980s identified Paramount as a “disaster” suburb, and the City has contracted with our Institute to examine Paramount’s development since then. This is the second contract project this year. In June, we completed and delivered a resident satisfaction survey to the City of Ontario. Senior staff members and Prof. Andrew Sinclair, who contributed to the design and analysis of the survey, presented findings to key Ontario department heads.
Fall 2019 2 - Student Managers' Report 3 - Ontario Survey Project 4 - Governor Martinez Visit 6 - Project Updates 8 - 2019 New Hires 11 - Summer Updates 16 - In Memoriam
We released the 2018 Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey in September. It will be the last survey of its sort conducted by the Rose Institute. We are beginning work on a guide that will identify for policymakers and businesses the key variables to the cost of doing business, how to find that information, and how to weight those factors under a variety of circumstances. We will also be working with Larry Kosmont to consider other ways to assess the relative business environment in various locales. We published another edition of the Inland Empire Outlook in time for the Fall Board of Governors meeting. It includes articles on medical education and access to care in the Inland Empire, the effects of California’s sanctuary state law, and the impacts of SB 535 requiring that 25% of funds in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund go towards project benefitting disadvantaged communities. Rose students began work on the first edition of the Rose Playbook, which will identify and explain key pieces of legislation considered in the last session in Sacramento. Students are busy wrapping up a host of white papers: Fiscal Analysis, Competitive Districts, and True Timed Served. Work also continues on an additional three inDIRECTOR >> Page 3
Student Managers' Report
Sophia Helland ’20, Student Manager
Rachel Alaynick’20, Associate Student Manager
tudent managers hit the ground running with an early start to the semester to prepare for the hiring process. After last year’s successful hiring, which included a resume workshop and an increase in the number of applicants. We are excited to report that the Rose once again saw over a 25% increase in the number of applications submitted, hosted a well-attended resume and cover letter workshop, and collaborated with several on-campus groups during the outreach process. We hired seven talented and qualified students with a wide array of interests, and we are excited to see where their contributions to the Rose take us. We would like to thank our New Hire Manager, Nick Sage ’20, for his assistance during the hiring process and for the support he will provide to the new hire class throughout the coming year. Projects got a similarly early start to the semester. At the end of the spring semester, all project managers submitted “Project Game Plans” to student management, which detailed the project goals and steps to achieve those goals. Student management followed up with project managers over the summer, and within the first week of school, all research assistants had one-on-one meetings with student management to confirm staffing plans. By the second week of school, projects were fully staffed and in motion. Additionally, we have reformed the shift requirements to mandate one project meeting per week for every project, which will replace a research assistant’s regular shift. Now, research assistants have regular working sessions with their project teams. This means that shifts are more project-centric, as research assistants are with their teams during that time, and teams are meeting more regularly. Furthermore, all project managers have a progress tracking document shared with student management, which they update with their goals and achievements every week, encouraging consistent communication with student management. We are excited to see our newest project, the Playbook, publish the first edition of research on major pieces of California legislation this October. Further, a revived project, Fiscal Analysis, will also publish this fall on the public pension crisis. We look forward to the upcoming Redistricting webinars, as well as the Spring 2020 Redistricting Conference. At the last “town hall” meeting with all project managers, we identified innovative media through which we can present our research, and as projects wrap up their research, we will be creating fact sheets and data visualizations to make our research results more accessible. With some bittersweetness, we are excited to enter the last half of our student management tenure, and we look forward to more opportunities to innovate on the unparalleled research experience at the Rose Institute. Thank you to the research assistants and senior staff, who have made the experience thus far invaluable and meaningful. Page 2
Ontario Survey Project
he City of Ontario commissioned the Rose Institute to conduct its 2019 Resident Satisfaction Survey. Professional interviewers contacted 500 randomly-selected adult Ontario residents between March 27-May 1, 2019. The average time to complete the telephone survey was 14.2 minutes. The survey results show that residents are generally very happy with life in Ontario, with 85.8% very satisfied or satisfied with City services. Almost three‐quarters of them give the community a ranking of 8, 9, or 10 on a 10‐ point scale and 78.8% say that Ontario is headed in the right direction. Among specific City services, the Fire Department and Integrated Waste Department scored the highest levels of satisfaction, with ratings of very satisfied or satisfied from 92.8% of residents. The Police Department is a close third with ratings of very satisfied or satisfied from 88.6% of residents. Maintaining a robust community that is physically safe and prepared for emergencies is the most important priority for Ontario residents, with 85.6% of respondents identifying it as very important. Improving streets (76.2%) and addressing homelessness (72.4%) are the next most important priorities for Ontario residents.
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formational videos in our partnership with the Institute for Local Government. Once the ILG has built up a large enough library, it will announce and publicize the videos. Rose student research played a part in several publications that are recently out, coming out soon, or being reviewed by publishers. These include Associate Director Ken Miller’s new book, Texas v. California: A History of Their Struggle for the Future of America, and two of my own books, The Rules and Politics of Presidential Primaries: A State-by-State Guide and A Brief History of Public Policy Since the New Deal. The highlight of the semester was the week-long visit by former Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico. As a William F. Podlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Gov. Martinez gave two Athenaeum talks, visited nine CMC classes, interacted with a number of CMC faculty members, and was treated to Rose student presentations. Our final speaker this fall will be CMC and Rose alum Matthew Grossman on November 11, speaking on his book, Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States. Page 3
Gov. Susana Martinez Visit
At the Rose Institute on October 11: (left to right) back row: Zane Tolchinsky’20, Marshall Bessey’23, Nohl Patterson’22, Adhi Venkatraman’22, Jacob Leischner’21, Nick Sage’20, Henry Schulz’22; middle row: Director Andy Busch, Nathan Tran POM’23, Rachel Alaynick’20, Governor Susan Martinez, Joe Noss’20, Camille Hermosillo’23, Maria Gutierrez-Vera’21, Zenaida Huerta’20, Elena Castellanos’20; front row: Jensen Steady’22, Tara Mehra’23, Sophia Helland’20, Maya Ghosh’22, Gait Nairn’22, and Felipe Williams’22. PHOTO CREDIT: Marionette Moore
he Rose Institute hosted Governor Susana Martinez as a William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellow October 7-11. Upon her election in 2010, Martinez became New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female governor in the history of the United States. She served for two terms as governor, winning re-election to her second term in 2014 by the largest margin of any Republican gubernatorial candidate in modern history, earning substantial support from Democratic and Independent voters in rural and urban areas alike. Prior to being elected governor, Martinez was a prosecutor for 25 years along the nation’s southern border and served as Doña Ana County’s elected district attorney for over half that time. Governor Martinez’s week was filled with class visits, Athenaeum talks, and meetings with students and faculty. She visited five sections of Introduction to American Politics, where she talked about what federalism means to a governor. She began each class with a discussion of the scope of the responsibilities and powers of the New Mexico chief executive. The class faculty (Professors Busch, Miller, and Bessette) asked a series of questions centered on the principle of federalism before turning to questions from the students. Governor Martinez visited four classes in addition to the Gov 20 sections: Public Policy Process taught by Professor Andy Sinclair, Women and Politics in America taught by Professor Diana Selig, State and Local Politics and Policy taught by Professor Shanna Rose, and Policy Lab taught by Professors Eric Helland and Zach Courser. Governor Martinez gave two talks at the Athenaeum. She gave a lunch talk on Monday for students from the Rose Institute, Policy Lab, and Public Policy Process. Titled “A Legacy of Improving the New Mexico Economy,” the Page 4
Gov. Susana Martinez Visit
Governor Martinez during her talk at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on October 9.
PHOTO CREDIT: Maria Gutierrez-Vera ’22
talk focused on her many successes, including eliminating a $450 million inherited budget deficit and leaving the state with a $2 billion surplus; job growth at a 12-year high; improving the state’s high school graduation rate by 10 percentage points – to an all-time high of 74 percent; and implementing a number of public safety initiatives. On Wednesday evening, Governor Martinez gave a public talk titled, “Governing Across the Aisle.” She spoke about serving alongside a Democratically-controlled Legislature throughout her time in office, with the exception of a two-year period of Republican control of one chamber, and the critical importance of working with members of the opposing party. Governor Martinez spent the last day of her visit at the Rose Institute. Rose students gave presentations on a number of projects: Redistricting, True Time Served, Competitive Districts, Miller Initiative Database, Fiscal Analysis, and the Playbook. Martinez asked questions and offered some feedback before joining the students and staff for lunch. Her visit also included a dinner with faculty from the Government Department.
Governor Martinez with the Public Policy Lab class of Professors Eric Helland and Zach Courser. PHOTO CREDIT: Bipasa Nadon
Project PROJECT Updates UPDATES Redistricting
The redistricting team is currently collecting 2016 and 2018 city council election data for its California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) project. The project aims to measure the impact of the CVRA on Latino candidacy and election in city council elections. The project’s findings will ultimately be synthesized in a white paper slated for publication in the spring. In addition, the team is preparing for the 2020 redistricting conference scheduled in April.
The Rose Playbook is an education initiative by the Rose Institute to inform Californians and the members of the Claremont Colleges on bills or new laws that are shaping the future of California public policy. Currently we are in the process of creating a pamphlet that summarizes the ten bills selected, and writing corresponding memos for each piece of legislation. Our goal is to give constituents an understanding of the legislation that will directly impact their lives through a variety of social and economic efforts from Sacramento.
Elena Castellanos ’21
True Time Served Adhitya Venkatraman ’22
The True Time Served Project tracks changes in the time served for serious crimes in California jails. By comparing sentencing data with the actual time served by inmates, the project aims to better understand how the criminal justice system deals with prison overcrowding and changing sentencing laws. This semester, we will be completing the project and publishing a report that includes key figures and analysis.
Miller-Rose Initiative Gait Nairn ’22
The Miller-Rose Initiative Database provides information on all statewide initiatives adopted by voters in the United States from the first successful statewide initiative in 1904 up to current 2018. It also provides a unique source of information on post-election legal challenges to these voter-approved initiatives. This year, we plan to update the database for the 2019 election as well as check for new legal challenges to previous initiatives. We plan on presenting the database this semester as well as producing a short fact sheet based on the data collected.
Maya Ghosh ’22
Zane Tolchinsky ’20 The City of Paramount has contracted with the Rose institute to conduct a comprehensive study analyzing data about the city and comparison cities. This project must be completed in November, so data-collection and analysis with a final report will be produced by then. Data-collection and quality control have been completed and we are now working on data visualizations and drafting the report. The final report will highlight the way in which the city of Paramount has changed over the course of 35 years.
Fiscal Analysis Nandini Jayaram ’22
The Fiscal Analysis project analyzes the public pension crisis in California, particularly pension shortfalls by municipality. This semester, the project’s deliverable is to produce a white paper, along with some visualizations that provide an overview of the pension crisis and summarize the effects of the four cities estimated to be affected the most by increased pension costs through case studies. Our team’s short-term goals are to to complete the white paper and present the content of our findings.
Project Updates State Primaries Research Jacob Leischner ’21
This past semester, alongside two other Rose research assistants (Nandeeni Patel ’21 and Skip WiltshireGordon ’20), I had the opportunity to assist Dr. Busch with his forthcoming book on state primary election processes across the country. The Rules and Politics of American Primaries: A State-by-State Guide to Republican and Democratic Primaries and Caucuses details the historical, ideological, and logistical features of each state’s political development that resulted in the current configuration of diverse primary and caucus systems. As contributors, we were each delegated a portion of states that we collected primary results for (ranging back to the primary in 2000) as well as having to compose a short narrative piece outlining the development of the state’s current primary system. By analyzing one state’s set of voting records and presenting, we were able to identify regional and political trends that led to the now seemingly inevitable outcomes. It was an invaluable
experience to work so closely with Dr. Busch and to be granted a first-hand look into the drafting of a longform academic publication. The Rules and Politics of America Primaries will be released on November 30, 2019 and will be an indispensable resource for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the systems that govern primary elections and the decisions that got us here.
Competitive District Zenaida Huerta ’20
Competitive District is innovating. This semester, our team is excited to have published our white paper on the 2016 election cycle. Now the team members are actively expanding our research using new software. For instance, we are using our 2018 data through ArcGIS to draw regional inferences on contributions and independent expenditures. Going forward, we will be using STATA to compare 2018 contributions in state legislators’ campaigns and their votes in the 2019 legislative session.
Associate Director Ken Miller, center, with Rose Research Assistants, from left, Maya Ghosh ’22, Zenaida Huerta ’20, Adhi Venkatraman ’22, Lindsay Burton ’19, Melia Wong ’19, Zane Tolchinsky ’20, Nick Fedorochko ’19, and Charlie Harris ’19. PHOTO CREDIT: Marionette Moore ’
2019 New Hires
This year’s new hires at the BBQ hosted by Rose student managers. From left: Henry Schulz’22, Jensen Steady’22, Tara Mehra’23, Nathan Tran’23, Camille Hermosillo’23, Marshall Bessey’23, and Nohl Patterson’22 PHOTO CREDIT: Maria Gutierrez-Vera’22
Nohl Patterson ’22 Nohl is from Pleasanton, California. He sees the Rose Institute as a perfect fit to continue furthering his knowledge of California politics and work with some of the brightest government students at the 5Cs. Nohl has previous experience researching California politics and public administration with Professor Andrew Sinclair, and is currently working with Professor Jennifer Taw on an international securitization project. Outside of the Rose, you can find Nohl running circles for the CMS track team and attending Athenaeum dinners.
2019 New Hires Henry Schulz ’22 Henry is a New York City native studying Philosophy and Government. He has become very interested in public and affordable housing issues after he interned with his New York City councilman this summer. At the Rose, he hopes to pursue research on affordable housing in California as well as help edit Rose publications. In addition to the Rose, Henry is on the Gould Center’s student advisory board. His previous research experience includes being a research assistant for Professor Wendy Lower at the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights where he focused on genocide law and the Holocaust. In his free time, he enjoys listening to Pod Save America, doing the New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle, and playing pick-up basketball at Roberts.
Jensen Steady ’22
Jensen is from Santa Barbara, California and is pursuing a degree in Government and Economics. He has worked in a variety of local government positions and found his passion for politics in his local Youth Council and volunteering on a major campaign. At the Rose, he hopes to learn about and is particularly interested in, local governments, homelessness, and the housing crisis. On-campus, he also works as a writing consultant the Center for Writing PD. In his free time, you can catch Jensen biking, playing board games, or enjoying a good book.
Marshall Bessey ’23
Marshall is from Darien, Connecticut and plans to major in Government and History. During high school, Marshall gained an interest in politics through the Forum discussion group and the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. At the Rose, Marshall is excited engage in fiscal analysis and gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between local, state, and federal politics. During his free time, Marshall enjoys golfing, playing squash, and watching college football.
2019 New Hires Camille Hermosillo ’23 Camille is from Jurupa Valley, California in the Inland Empire. She is a first-generation student and plans to be a Government major. In high school, she served as a court interpreter in the Jurupa Unified School District’s Youth Court, was an active leader in Riverside County’s Second District Youth Advisory Council, and also served as the Chair of the Youth Advisory Board on the California Association of Youth Courts. There she developed a passion for restorative justice programs, education policy, and the juvenile justice system. During her time at the Rose, she hopes to work on research in education and criminal justice reform. In her spare time, Camille enjoys playing guitar, singing, binging on Netflix shows, and spending time with her family and pets back at home.
Tara mehra ’23 Tara is from Bellevue, Washington, and is hoping to major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics or Government. In high school, she pursued her passion for politics and state government through interning on a state legislature campaign and managing the debate department for the Pacific Northwest Junior State of America. She became intrigued with constitutional law after participating in the national “We the People” competition. At the Rose, she hopes to engage in federalism research and develop skills in fiscal analysis. When not in Rose’s workroom, you may find her working for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, sipping coffee at the hub, or baking cookies.
Dai-Khoa Nathaniel Khai Tran POM’23 A proud resident of Tracy, California, Nathan is hoping to major in Politics and History. Nathan has always been fascinated with government, reading countless books about America’s Founders and presidents throughout his childhood. However, this interest deepened into a passion in high school, when he started interning for City Councilwoman Rhodesia Ransom. This experience made Nathan realize that policy — good and bad, quiet and loud, municipal and national — can have huge effects on people’s daily lives. As one of the first Pomona College students to work at the Rose in a long time, Nathan looks forward to exploring these effects alongside the 5Cs’ sharpest political minds. When he’s not studying or working, Nathan likes to micromanage his hometown’s Young Democrats chapter, bike very slowly around Claremont, and cry over anything that stars Sterling K. Brown. Page 10
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Summer Updates Sophia Helland ’20
Nick Sage ’20
Sophia spent her summer in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a research associate at the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School. The Lab conducts randomized control trials to find evidence-based solutions to issues relating to access to justice such as financial distress, pretrial release, and expungement. She enjoyed learning about conducting social science experiments and spending time exploring Boston!
Nick spent his summer in Washington D.C. working as a Communications Intern on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions for the staff of Ranking Member Patty Murray. Busy drafting press releases, committee remarks, and internal memos on a diverse set of issues, Nick relied on the writing, editing, and research skills he developed through his work with the Rose. On the weekends, however, he indulged his inner historian, visiting the Capital’s many museums. The highlight of his summer was traveling to Cambridge in the United Kingdom on the Stasneck Fellowship to conduct research in the Churchill Archives for his senior history thesis.
Sophia in front of the Harvard Law Library during her summer internship at the Access to Justice Lab. Photo courtesy of Sophia Helland ’20
Zenaida Huerta ’20 Zenaida spent another summer in Sacramento, California, but this time, she working in the California State Senate, in the office of Senator Anna Caballero, who represents the Salinas Valley and Central Valley. As a legislative intern during the end of session, Zenaida learned about California’s complex budget process. Zenaida assisted the district office in Salinas and coordinated the senator’s Young Legislators Program, which two of her cousins took part in. Some of her favorite projects included creating a data base of hundreds of grant opportunities for local governments in Senate District 12, creating maps of CalFresh usage and user proximity to CalFresh offices, and receiving bill language for the policy proposal she sent to the Truman Foundation last spring when she was a finalist.
Zane Tolchinsky ’20 Zane spent his summer creating a podcast with fellow CMCer Samy Vilenski ’20. The podcast is titled “The Laymen” and is sponsored by the Gould Center for the Humanities. Each episode features a different expert and a conversation on their career and life. Zane and Samy recorded six episodes in Chicago, DC, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. While creating the podcast was incredibly rewarding and exciting, he is happy to return to CMC and the Rose Institute this year.
Melanie Wolfe ’20 This summer, Melanie worked as a policy intern in Toronto, Ontario, for a Canadian technology company called Tucows. While Tucows’s largest business is in registering internet domain names, she primarily worked on policy issues affecting their American brand, Ting, which invests in fiber internet in growing American suburbs and operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) across the country. It was an incredible learning experience to work in tech policy, particular in the telecommunications realm, during the same summer that news headlines and federal Page 11
SUMMER UPDATES agencies were consumed with complicated questions concerning the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, data privacy questions stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and third-party liability issues associated with sites like 8chan that have been implicated in recent mass shootings. After researching these issues and the underlying philosophies that shape antitrust law, free speech, and privacy protections, she is compelled to return to the telecom space in the future. For now, she hopes to find opportunities to deepen the Rose Institute’s relationship with these policy areas, perhaps through studying the California Consumer Privacy Act (A.B. 375), a landmark consumer protection act that is expected to hugely impact technology companies based in Silicon Valley when it takes effect in 2020.
Anna Green ’21 This summer, Anna received a Creative Works Fellowship from the Gould Center at CMC. As part of her project, which examined how different countries portray controversial historical events through public art and monuments, Anna traveled through Europe on a 6-week research trip. She visited six countries--Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, France, and England--exploring museums, monuments, and drinking way too much coffee. Two highlights from the trip were touring the national parliament buildings in Germany and the UK. She loved getting to see the ways that the two nations incorporate historical events into the features of their parliament buildings. Anna’s research culminated in a short publication she made using the Adobe Indesign skills that she learned while formatting the Rose Review and other Rose Institute publications. She is looking forward to applying her improved design skills at the Rose next year when she returns from spending the fall in Washington, D.C. interning at the Brookings Institution.
Trump’s Democrats. Elena enjoyed re-connecting with community members she met last summer and learning more about the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of their community. After finishing her work in Iowa, Elena traveled to Berkeley, California to attend the UC Berkeley Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities summer program. She has learned about housing policy, design fabrication, digital mapping, and more. Her work in the program focused on contributing to site-analysis and design projects for transit-oriented development near BART’s El Cerrito del Norte Station.
William Frankel ’21 Will spent his summer in Washington, DC working for Internet Association, a trade association that represents 45 leading internet companies, on matters of public policy. As a Government Relations Intern, he drafted and edited congressional testimony, regulatory comments, white papers, and legislation on issues including broadband, intellectual property, artificial intelligence, and digital trade. This fall, he will be participating in CMC’s Silicon Valley Program as a Trust and Safety Intern at Quizlet, an education technology company with over 50 million active users.
Elena Castellanos ’21 Elena began her summer in Ottumwa, Iowa conducting field research for Professor Jon Shield’s book on Page 12
William Frankel’21 in front of Internet Association’s member wall. Photo courtesy of William Frankel ’21
Summer Updates Katherine Adelman ’21 Katherine spent her summer interning at Every Vote Counts in New York City. EVC is a nonprofit whose goal is to change the culture around youth voting to increase voter turnout. She worked on many projects to help college students promote civic engagement on their campus and in their communities. Her favorite part of the job was creating civic education curriculum, which EVC members will use to teach students and community members about the history of suffrage, voter discrimination, and civic responsibility. Katherine loved this internship because it allowed her to explore research and academic writing in new ways. She felt she had a lot of freedom to create her own projects and see them through.
Jacob Leischner ’21 This summer, Jake was in Washington, DC working as a research intern for International Bridges to Justice. IBJ is an international, nonprofit NGO that provides competent legal assistance early in the litigation process to thousands of people across the world to combat the use of torture as an investigative tool as well as to fight arbitrary detention and corruption. Jake’s work this summer was focused primarily on researching and writing grants, with the specific goal of increasing access to justice for asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexican border. While he will miss the free art museums, he’s excited to return to California and escape the east coast humidity!
Johnson Lin ’21 Johnson spent his summer traveling between Portland and Claremont, working remotely as a Learning and Development Intern for Tucows while conducting research in nuclear politics for Professor Lisa Koch. His work has included constructing training courses for hundreds of employees, building a streamlined database for employee feedback, and applying data science
principles to upgrade his team’s operations. Johnson looks forward to applying all that he learned over the summer to optimize the Rose Institute’s technological capabilities and communication channels.
naseem Nazari ’21 Naseem spent her summer in Washington, DC working for the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank that researches government, politics, economics, and social welfare. As a South Asia Studies Intern, she performed research on topics related to South Asia to support the Institute’s foreign and defense policy scholars under the guidance of a department research assistant. She delivered daily news briefings to keep the staff up-todate with regional developments, and also assisted with research for the biweekly articles of Wall Street Journal columnist, Sadanand Dhume.
David Almaraz-Roman ’22 David spent his summer interning with the Whittier City Manager. He sought to apply his research at the Rose in context of his hometown city hall where he served as the public policy intern, working on projects like the Metro Gold Line Expansion and homelessness in the city. In addition to his internship, David took three summer classes through his local community college to strengthen his research skills. Two of these classes, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Introduction to Microsoft Excel, will directly contribute to Rose research. Thanks to the Rose Institute’s sponsorship, David had the opportunity to attend the ESRI User Conference for GIS professionals. The week-long conference featured many seminars for David to explore the powerful capabilities of the mapping program. David seeks to use his newfound knowledge for the Redistricting team as the 2020 census comes around the corner.
Summer Updates Maria Gutierrez-Vera ’22 Maria was a 2019 recipient of the Appel Fellowship and chose to craft a writing project focused on family history and memory. She spent her summer in Hermosillo, Mexico with her grandmother, who shared stories about her upbringing, her siblings, and Maria’s early childhood. Maria condensed these conversations into a collection of vignettes and poems, written in English and Spanish, which she hopes to share with the CMC community in the fall. Maria deeply enjoyed being able to spend her summer with her grandmother and relatives in Mexico, and getting to learn more about her extended family. She looks forward to being back on campus as a First Year Guide and to applying her insights about writing and community to her Rose work.
Pictured is Maria Gutierrez-Vera’22 on the steps of the Sonora Regional Museum, located a few minutes from her summer housing. Photo courtesy of Maria Gutierrez-Vera’22
Robin Peterson ’22 Robin was in Amman, Jordan learning Arabic and teaching English to refugees at Collateral Repair Project. CRP works to meet the basic needs of urban refugees, while providing a place for trauma relief and community building. The most transformative experience was interviewing and becoming friends with refugees from all different backgrounds, from Page 14
Iraqi to Sudanese to Syrian. Additionally, she worked on her Appel Fellowship focusing on the importance of language in breaking down barriers between people and her experiences speaking with refugees from diverse backgrounds. In between learning, teaching, and writing, Robin tried every falafel stand in Amman and traveled around Jordan’s beautiful landscapes.
Robin Peterson’22 in front of Petra in Jordan. Photo courtesy of Robin Peterson’22
Adhitya Venkatraman ’22 and Nandeeni Patel ’21 Adhitya and Nandeeni spent their summer working for International Bridges to Justice in New Delhi, India. IBJ India seeks to end pretrial detention and human rights abuses behind bars. The most transformative experience of their summer was visiting the Tihar Prison Complex, the largest prison in Asia. They gained a new perspective on rehabilitation and criminality by speaking with detainees and convicts. In addition, Adhitya and Nandeeni conducted research on India’s criminal justice system, attended court hearings at several District Courts and the Delhi High Court, and drafted several funding proposals to support new initiatives. On their off time, Adhitya and Nandeeni took in the many sights, sounds, and tastes of India’s capital city. They look forward to the coming year,
Summer Updates when they can apply their experience with pollution, excessive noise, and stomachaches, to the Rose Institute.
Nandini Jayaram ’22 Nandini spent her summer as an International Public Affairs intern for John Deere at the World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois. She also traveled to Washington D.C. to attend briefings with business councils and staff of U.S. Congress members and advocate for certain trade policies in response to the global geopolitical climate. She spent time building a database of Free Trade Agreements, specifically analyzing the United States’ relationships with India and China. She also developed a research report for the Public Affairs and Citizenship teams that analyzed smallholder farmer programs in India and women’s entrepreneurship initiatives. She is excited to return to CMC and apply her new analytical skills and knowledge of government affairs to her research at the Rose Institute.
Nandini Jayaram’22 in front of the Deere & Company World Headquarters. Photo courtesy of Nandini Jayaram’22
Gait Nairn ’22 Gait visited New York City for the first time this summer as he spent two months interning in Manhattan. Gait worked in the worlds of both politics and law. Working on fundraising for Democratic House and Presidential candidates for 2020, Gait has used the skills he learned at the Rose in Excel and data analysis to create algorithms that determine the most competitive House races in the country, so that they may be targeted in 2020. Gait also spent time learning how the corporate legal sphere functions at Bodhala, a data analytics company designed to help reduce the cost of outside counsel for companies. Gait spent his free time eating as much NYC pizza and bagels as he possibly could, while also experiencing all the sights that the big city had to offer!
Gait Nairn’22 takes in the views from the top of the Rockefeller Building after a long week of work at Bodhala Inc. Photo courtesy of Gait Nairn’22
In Memoriam Dr. Michael Uhlmann passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. He was a long-time friend and Faculty Fellow of the Rose Institute. Dr. Uhlmann joined the faculty of Claremont Graduate University in 2002, where he was a Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and Policy. He also taught courses in the Department of Government at Claremont McKenna College. His research specializations included the American presidency, executive–congressional relations, and the federal judiciary— namely, the federal administrative process and national security decision making. In addition to his regular coursework at CGU, Dr. Uhlmann taught in and directed CGU’s Tribal Administration Certificate Program. Photo credit: Claremont Graduate
Dr. Uhlmann was born December 29, 1939 in Washington, D.C. After University receiving his B.A. in History from Yale University and his LL.B. from the University of Virginia Law School, he received his Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University. Before joining the CGU faculty, Dr. Uhlmann served as a senior vice president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to that, he was a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. For many years he served as a partner at the Pepper, Hamilton, & Scheetz’s Washington office, where he specialized in federal antitrust and administrative law. Dr. Uhlmann also had a distinguished career in the federal government. He began his service in the U.S. Senate as a staff and committee counsel before joining the Federal Trade Commission as assistant general counsel. In 1974 he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to be assistant attorney general for Legislative Affairs in the Department of Justice. From 1980 to 1981, he directed legal and administrative policy for the Reagan presidential transition team and chaired the Department of Justice transition team for President-elect George H.W. Bush. From 1981 to 1984 he served as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and associate director of the White House Office of Policy Development.
Dr. Uhlmann was a frequent contributor to the Claremont Review of Books, and his articles appeared in many leading newspapers and journals of opinion, including the Los Angeles Times, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Review, First Things, Washington Times, Crisis, and The Human Life Review.
The Rose Institute community will always be grateful for Michael Uhlmann’s excellent counsel, wisdom, wit, and friendship. Senior Staff
Student Staff Sophia Helland ’20 Student Manager
Rachel Alaynick ’20
Associate Student Manager
Rose Review Staff Adhitya Venkatraman ’22 David Almaraz-Roman’22
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Ken Miller, JD, PhD Associate Director
Bipasa Nadon, JD Assistant Director