Pamela Stephens is a doctoral student in the Urban Planning Department at UCLA and a Graduate Student Researcher with the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Her work with the Institute largely concerns the relationships between the mechanisms of housing precarity and racial banishment. Similarly, her doctoral studies and research examine how urban planning practices produce Black space and the ways that Black communities build power within and across these spaces. She is particularly interested in how this plays out in the multicultural context of Los Angeles, where the Black population is both declining in number and becoming more dispersed throughout the region and beyond.
Pamela continues to contribute research to forward the advocacy efforts of community-based and social justice-oriented organizations, building off the work she has done prior to pursuing her doctoral studies. While her research has spanned a myriad of topics, it generally focuses on the intersections of space and racial and economic inequality. Most recently, she has collaborated with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies to provide analytical and mapping support to the Black Census and Redistricting Hub which aims to bolster the political power of Black Californians.
Pamela holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.