Our lab consists of faculty, post-docs, undergraduate, and graduate students. Meet our lab members below.
Kate Bell is a second-year undergraduate student studying Political Science and Communication. She is specifically focused on comparative politics, and her research interests include social organizing, public opinion, and political communication.
Amanda Brush PhD student at UCSB whose interests are in gender and racial equality, public policy and community activism. She is an alumnae of Mills College and native Northern Californian.
Haywood Carey is a PhD student in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests involve collective action and civic engagement in contemporary American politics, particularly the organizational structures of membership-based political groups. Haywood joined the P3 lab in 2017 after a decade of professional political work that included union organizing, issue advocacy, campaign management, and the occasional revolutionary street protest.
Mariah is a second-year graduate student in the sociology department at UCSB. Broadly, their work takes a critical approach to state- and corporate-directed environmentalisms and works to develop fruitful connections between decentralized, non-hierarchical decision-making practices and ecology. Their past work as a student of political theory at Williams College and Oxford University focused on how an understanding of multiple publics and counterpublics complicates our analysis of voter participation and social engagement.
Daniel is a third-year Political Science and Chicana/o Studies double major. He is specifically focused on American Government and his research interests include immigration reform, Congressional partisanship, and educational access in underrepresented Latino communities.
Jeff is a PhD student energized by environmental justice organizing and work. To that end, he's hoping to study Environmental and American Politics at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests include movements around extractive resources, environmental conflicts, and environmental discourses.
Elliott Finn is a PhD student in the Bren School at UCSB. He is particularly interested in the underlying causes of land and natural resource conflict, and studies the intersections between policy and policy makers, local organizations, and individuals to understand land management. As an undergraduate Elliott investigated the connections between individuals outdoor recreation participation, place of residence, and environmental worldviews. For the last three years Elliott worked and travelled throughout Europe and South America most extensively in Turkey and Colombia.
Sami is a 4th-year undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara majoring in political science.
Maya Halthore is a second-year undergraduate student at UCSB studying Political Science. Her research interests include polarization, organizing and the disenfranchisement of at risk populations. She is the co-founder of the organization Chai Talks and is the current Legal Director for the Isla Vista Tenants Union.
Joe Heide is a senior undergraduate student studying Sociology. He is interested in intersectionality, social justice and social movements. Particularly, in using social network analysis and computational methods to investigate community mobilization.
Geoffrey Henderson is a PhD student pursuing subfields in American Politics and Environmental Politics. He is interested in how civic organizations and social movements bring about changes in individuals’ political attitudes and behaviors. Prior to UCSB, Geoffrey worked as a Research Analyst on climate change policy at the World Resources Institute.
Leslie Irwin is a second-year undergraduate student at UC Santa Barbara majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. Her research interests include political organizing, polarization, and the media's effect on both.
Elizabeth (Liz) McKenna
Elizabeth (Liz) McKenna is a Ph.D. student in sociology at UC Berkeley. Her broader research interests include political sociology, social movements, and stratification. She is is currently conducting a class-based analysis of Brazil’s current protest cycle. She is the co-author of Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America with Hahrie Han.
Michelle Oyakawa is a post-doc with the P3 Lab. She completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University in 2017. Her primary research and teaching interests are social movements, race/ethnicity, and religion.