Grad Students

Lina Stepick

Contact Information

Office  Haines 111

Fields of Study

Urban Sociology, Social Movements, Race & Ethnicity, Political Sociology



Walker, Edward, Lina Stepick. 2014. “Strength in Diversity? Group Heterogeneity in the Mobilization of Grassroots Organizations.” Sociology Compass, Vol.8(7): 959-975.

Media & Public Sociology:

Stepick, Lina. 2016. "Vendors First: How Street Vendors Guide the Policy and Strategy Development of the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign" The California Endowment.

Stepick, Lina. 2015. "How Organizations Develop Activists: The Challenges and Potential of Combining Organizing and MobilizingMobilizing Ideas.

Stepick, Lina. 2014. "How Do Citiizens Participate in Politics Beyond Elections?" Monkey Cage Civic Engagement Series, The Washington Post.

Book Reviews:

Stepick, Lina. 2014. Review of New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement, edited by Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott. Labor Studies Journal.

Stepick, Lina. 2013. Review of Beyond Green Jobs: Building Lasting Opportunities in Energy Efficiency, by Daniel Villao, Daniel, Uyen Le, Hugo Sarmiento, and Stefanie Ritoper. Labor Studies Journal, Vol.37(4).

Stepick, Lina. 2012. Review of Rallying for Immigrant Rights: The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America, edited by Kim Voss and Irene Bloemraad. Labor Studies Journal 37(3).

Grants and Awards

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow

Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Policy Fellow

Peter K. New Award, Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA)

UCLA Department of Sociology Excellence in Teaching Award

UCLA Graduate Dean's Scholar 

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Alternate

Best Student Paper Award, United Association of Labor Educators (UALE)

Bertha Wolf-Rosenthal Foundation Fund for Community Service Award, Liberty Hill Foundation

Andrew G. Truxal Prize for Graduate Studies in Sociology, Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College Postgraduate Research Fellowship
Richard D. Lombard Public Service Postgraduate Fellow, Dartmouth College Dickey Center for International Understanding
Ralph P. Holben Prize for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis in Applied Sociology, Dartmouth College

Conference Presentations

(2017) "Radical Flank Effects and Coalition Dynamics and Strategy." Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) Annual Conference, Social Movement Alliances and Strategies Panel, Presider & Presenter, Portland, OR.

(2016) "Gentrification and Displacement Pressures around Public Transit Rail in Los Angeles: The Need for Mechanisms to Prevent the Displacement of Extremely Low-Income, Transit-Dependent Residents." UCLA Grand Challenges Sustainable LA Policy Fellows Symposium. Los Angeles City Mayor's Office, Los Angeles, CA.

(2016) "'You lose something, you know?' Environmental Gentrification, Displacement, and Perceptions of Neighborhood Instability around Light-Rail Public Transit." Peter K. New Award Panel session, Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

(2015) "Green Gentrification and Displacement Around Light-Rail Public Transit in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles." Section on Environment and Technology Paper Session: Environment and Development, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

(2015) "How Racial Composition and Member Diversity Shape Media Coverage of Low-Income Community Based Organizations." Paper with Ed Walker and John McCarthy. Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop, Chicago, IL.

(2015) "Gentrification and Displacement Pressures Around Rail and Community Organizing Responses." Panel on Advocacy Nonprofits in LA: Adapting to the New Environment, Exploring the Big Questions: Nonprofit Research in Southern California, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, CA.

(2012) "Threat or Opportunity? Building Trades Unions and Immigrant Workers: The Case of Portland, Oregon." United Association for Labor Education Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.


Edward Walker (co-chair)

Marcus Hunter (co-chair)

Aaron Panofsky

Stephanie Pincetl


C.Phil UCLA 2016 Sociology

M.A. UCLA 2014 Sociology

B.A. Dartmouth College 2010 with High Honors in Sociology, Anthropology modified with Women's and Gender Studies