Our Presidential Primary Process TownHall Forum was a great success. The turnout was over 150 students and all of our speakers were able to make it and enlighten the students on how the primaries work. The speakers Pilar Marrero, Christian Grose, Tom Le, Mickey Kaus, and Chris Tausanovitch all did a great job and were able to educate the students and helped make this event so great. We want to thank all of the speakers, Duarte Performing Arts Center, and all of the students for making in out to the event on a Saturday evening.
Pilar Marrero is a journalist and author with long experience in covering social and political issues of the Latino community in the United States. She is one of the foremost experts on immigration politics in the US media world and has covered the issue extensively over her years as a reporter.
In 2012, Pallgrave McMillan published her first book, Killing the American Dream, which chronicles the last 25 years of immigration policy mishaps in the United States and their consequences for the country´s economic future. The book was also published in Spanish by Penguin Books with the title “El Despertar del Sueño Americano”.
Christian is the author of Congress in Black and White: Race and Representation in Washington and at Home (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Tom Phuong Le, assistant professor of politics at Pomona College, wrote his UC Irvine dissertation on the constraints and restraints on Japanese militarism. His research fields include international relations and comparative politics. He is currently a junior associate research fellow at Hiroshima City University, and was a Fulbright Fellowship recipient.
Chris Tausanovitch is an Assistant Professor of political science at the University of California - Los Angeles. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2013. His areas of research are Representation, American Politics, Public Opinion, Congress, and Methodology. In particular, he is interested in understanding how citizens provide incentives for legislative position taking and how legislators respond to those incentives. In other words, he does research in order to better understand the mechanics of democratic representation.
In 2012 he worked on the Senate Finance Committee as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.