Gary M. Segura

University of California, Los Angeles
Political scientist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science

Gary M. Segura is a Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. From 2017 through 2022, he was the Dean at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. His work focuses on issues of political representation, and the politics to America's growing Latino minority. Among his most recent books are Latino America (with Matt A. Barreto, 2014, Public Affairs Press) and Costly Calculations: A Theory of War, Casualties and Politics (with Scott S. Gartner, 2021, Cambridge University Press). Segura was one of co-Principal Investigators of the American National Election Studies from 2009 to 2015, and was one of the Principal Investigators of the Latino National Survey, in 2006. He is a past president of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Western Political Science Association. He is principal and co-founder of the polling firm BSP Research. He has briefed members of both the House and Senate as well as senior administration officials and appeared on National Public Radio, the News Hour, Frontline, the CBS Evening News, MSNBC, and numerous other outlets. Segura served as an expert witness in all three of the landmark LGBT rights cases concerning marriage equality, Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v Perry in 2013 and Obergefell v Hodges in 2015, has testified as an expert on political power and discrimination in both voting rights cases and LGBT civil rights cases, and has filed amicus curiae briefs on subjects as diverse as marriage equality and affirmative action. He received the B.A. degree (1985) from Loyola University of the South, and the M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, all in political science.

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