Office of the Dean

Darnell Hunt

Dean of Social Sciences

Muriel C. McClendon

Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Muriel McClendon is Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Division of Social Sciences.  In that capacity, she works with Dean Hunt on a variety of matters including, but not limited to, the faculty search and hiring process and issues concerning climate in the Division.  As an Equity Advisor, she also works with the office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  She received her B.A. in History from Yale, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Stanford.

Michael Lofchie

Associate Dean, Academic Personnel
mlofchie@polisci.ucla.edu

Mike  Lofchie is the associate dean in the Division of Social Sciences and has been a member of the Political Science Department since the 1960s. He specializes in the political economy of developing countries; his latest book is The Political Economy of Tanzania: Decline and Recovery (Pennsylvania, 2014). As associate dean, he conducts preliminary reviews of academic personnel cases.

Till von Wachter

Associate Dean, Research
tvwachter@econ.ucla.edu

Till von Wachter is a Professor of Economics, the Director of the Census Research Data Center, and the Faculty Director of the California Policy Lab. His research on job loss, unemployment, inequality, and working conditions has had local and national impact. Prior to joining at UCLA, he taught at Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. In his role of Associate Dean for Research, he works with the Dean to find synergies and opportunities to enhance the Social Science Division’s research infrastructure and its impact on the community.

Caleb “Q” Na

Assistant Dean

As assistant dean, Caleb “Q” Na serves as the Chief Administrative and Financial Officer for the UCLA Division of Social Sciences.  Q manages the overall academic and administrative resources of the Division which is home to approximately 300 ladder faculty and 9,000 undergraduate majors and 800 graduate students.  Q has been with the division since 2014, and has been employed at UCLA since 1994.

Ana-Christina Ramón, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Civic Engagement

Ana-Christina Ramón is the Director of Research and Civic Engagement for the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA.  Dr. Ramón is a social psychologist trained in quantitative and qualitative methods.  For over a decade, she has worked on social justice issues related to equity and access in higher education and the entertainment industry.  Her past research has also focused on conflict perceptions and racial and gender stereotypes.  She was most recently the Assistant Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, where she managed the Summer Humanities Institute, an eight-week graduate training program for high-achieving, underrepresented students and the College Access Project for African Americans, a research project that examined equity and access issues for African American students in California.  She previously worked at a market research company and was a summer research associate at the RAND Corporation.  Dr. Ramón has a B.A. in psychology from Stanford, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Amanda McAlpin

Executive Assistant

Amanda is Dean Hunt’s executive assistant and has been at UCLA since September 2010, when she transferred from Pasadena City College to receive her B.A. in Anthropology. While completing her degree, she became a research assistant to former dean, Alessandro Duranti in October 2012 and came to the Dean’s office in April 2014. In her role as Executive Assistant to the Dean, she provides administrative and business support to the office of the Dean of Social Sciences; acting as the primary point of contact for all incoming communications, managing and prioritizing schedule requests, and preparing letters and documents that are issued from the office of the Dean.

Divisional Officers

Tom Phelan

Chief Information Officer
Director of Social Sciences Computing

Tom Phelan is the CIO of the Social Sciences and Director of Social Sciences Computing.  His unit provides the entire range of Information Technology Support to the division.  He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University, where he also served as a Research Assistant Professor.  He has been a tutor in the behavior sciences at James Cook University in Australia, a lecturer in computer science with the European and Asian Divisions of the University of Maryland, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Australian National University.  His research has focused on Higher Education, the Sociology of Science, and Urban Sociology.

Tana Wong

Chief Contracts and Grants Officer
CAO of Social Sciences Grant Support

Tana graduated from UCLA and has been working at the Social Science Research Support (formerly Institute for Social Science Research) for more than 30 years.  As manager of the unit, she is responsible for oversight of a multi-million dollar budget that includes approximately 100 extramural grants and subcontracts.   Tana also advises faculty regarding regulatory compliance, prevent loss of funding and assist in proposal preparation and submission.

Jenny Wang

Budget Analyst

Jenny has been at UCLA since 2004 and came to the Dean’s office in 2015. As the Senior. Budget Analyst in the Division, she administers divisional resources within a multi-fund environment in the three broad budgetary areas: instruction, operating and faculty recruitment & retention.  She has a B.A. in History from Shanghai Normal University.

Aimee Villarica

Academic Personnel Analyst

Aimee joined UCLA in December 2011 as an Administrative Specialist at the Academic Personnel office in the Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine. She moved to the College of Letter and Science in September 2016 to accept a position as the Divisional Academic Personnel Analyst for Social Sciences. Aimee oversees the academic personnel review process for ladder faculty and temporary academic appointment and advancement actions. She reconciles and submit final clearance for personnel employment actions, recruitments, leaves, range adjustments, etc. in EDB, UCPATH, OPUS and UC Recruit. Aimee graduated with a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines.

External Affairs

Julie Strumwasser

Director of Development
Julie has been in her position at UCLA since March 2013. Before coming to UCLA, she was most recently a Senior Director of Development for the UC Irvine Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center. In her role at UCLA, Julie oversees all major gift fundraising activities for the Division. She oversees a team of three front line fundraisers and a development coordinator. Julie also works closely with the college events, stewardship and communication teams.

JP Renaud

Director of Communications

Jean-Paul Renaud has been the executive director of communications for the UCLA College since January 2013. His office works closely with the Deans and College Development staff to craft and communicate institutional messages and branding. Prior to UCLA, JP worked in the media relations office at Florida International University in Miami. He was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the South Florida Sun Sentinel before entering higher education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s in Public Administration degree from FIU.

Kristina Hordzwick

Marketing Specialist

Kristina has been with the UCLA College since June 2014. Kristina interned for the art education outreach program at the Guggenhiem Museum in Bilboa, Spain and later continued her career as the marketing, communications, branding, and graphic design director for a large financial firm in Nevada. In her role as Senior Marketing Manager for the UCLA College, she is responsible for strategizing, directing, designing, and implementing effective marketing, media relations, content, and identity programs and campaigns across a wide range of media. She received her bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Reno, Nevada.