Professor Karen Umemoto is the co-author of Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies (University of California Press, 2016), the author of Truce: Lessons from an L.A. Gang War (Cornell University Press, 2006), and the recipient of numerous research and service honors, including the W.E.B. DuBois Award of the Western Society of Criminology. Her research centers on issues of democracy and social justice in multicultural societies with a focus on US cities. Professor Umemoto also examines and pursues planning processes that include a diverse array of voices, acknowledges different ways of knowing, and allows for meaningful deliberation. Her research and practice thus take a broad view of planning in the context of social inclusion, participatory democracy, and political transformation.
Professor Umemoto will join Katherine Irwin and Wayde Hoapili Lee for a series of events in collaboration with UC Riverside and Pomona College to strengthen the relationships between community practitioners, Native Hawaiian scholars, research faculty, and students as well as foster awareness about youth violence, native healing, and social justice more generally.