In 2012 the Center for California Studies, in keeping with our mission to bridge academia and government in the service of strengthening California’s democracy, launched the Visiting Scholar Program.  Supported by a generous endowment from Don and Beverly Gerth, each year our Center selects one practicing researcher to showcase and promote their research on a topic or issue pertinent to the well-being of our state.

The Center is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Visiting Scholar position.  We welcome applicants from all universities and a variety of disciplines.  Past visiting scholars have hailed from the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of the Pacific.  The research featured in our program have included such topics as case studies on municipal bankruptcies, ballot initiative reform and civic engagement, protecting the cultural histories of the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta, and the impact of term limits and lobbying.

Our current visiting scholar, Dr. Richard “Rich” Callahan, hails from the University of San Francisco and is continuing his research into how health care foundations are utilizing innovative new strategies to address the social determinants of health. The Center for California Studies will be hosting his Capital area presentation on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in downtown Sacramento.  The event is free to the public.

If you would like to learn more about our program contact Brian Aguilar at brian.aguilar@csus.edu.