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Edward "Ted" L. Lascher Jr.


Ed LascherLascher joined the Sacramento State faculty in 1996 as a professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration. He has also served as interim director of the Serna Center, vice chair of the Faculty Senate, campus representative to the Social Science Research and Instructional Council, and chair of the curriculum committee for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2006, he received the President's Award for Scholarly Activities at Sacramento State.

Steve Boilard

Executive director, Center for California Studies

Steve BoilardBoilard spent 14 years in the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, focusing on higher education policy and budgets, before taking the reins of the Center for California Studies in Fall 2012. The center's mission is to strengthen democratic governance in California in a variety of ways, including fellowship programs in all three branches of state government, the fostering of research and public discussions on policy issues, and the promotion of civic education for high school students.

Boilard taught at Western Kentucky University and UC Santa Barbara, where he earned a doctorate in Political Science. He has a master's degree in Government from Sacramento State.

Kim Nalder

Government professor and founder of the Project for an Informed Electorate

Kim NalderNalder joined the Sacramento State faculty in 2002. Her research projects concern voter turnout and direct democracy, voter misinformation and ballot roll-off. She is now partnering with California Common Cause and the Sacramento Media Group to investigate local television news coverage of elections.

She serves as a fellow with the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, and has worked with the League of Women Voters on election-related projects.

Emily Wickelgren

Psychology professor

Emily WickelgrenThe vice chair of the Psychology Department received her doctorate in Sensation and Perception at Indiana University and joined the Sacramento State faculty in 2001. Her research interests concern event perception, pedagogy and higher education administration. In 2011, Wickelgren received the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Samantha Contreras

Graduate student and Assembly Fellow, Center for California Studies

Samantha ContrerasContreras was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. As a former undocumented student, she works hard to overcome personal challenges and strives to create opportunities for communities at the margins of society. At 17, Contreras joined the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in the United States.

She hopes to earn a master's degree in Public Policy and Public Administration and to continue to work in the California Legislature.

Ryan Roebuck

Graduate student, Public Policy and Administration

Ryan RoebuckRoebuck earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2010 and is working on a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration. He is a Marine Corps veteran who has worked since 2009 in Sacramento State's Veterans Success Center, where he has served as a benefits adviser.

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