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SARA MILLER MCCUNE

Sara Miller McCune is the founder and publisher of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, and the publisher and chair of SAGE Publications, Inc., the California-based book and journal publishing house, as well as president of the McCune Foundation, based in Montecito, California. In 1965, she founded SAGE Publications in New York City and moved the company to California in mid-1966, serving as its president for 18 years prior to becoming SAGE’s chairman in 1984. SAGE Publications, one of the leading academic and educational publishers in the world, is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, and has offices in Washington, D.C.; London; New Delhi and Kolkata, India; and Singapore.

A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, McCune is a member of the board of directors of the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She has served as a trustee of Fielding Graduate University, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, and as Fielding’s interim president in 1999-2000. She is currently a member of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation board of trustees and the UC Santa Barbara Chancellor’s Council.

GEANE DELIMA

Geane DeLima is the president and chief operating officer of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, home of Pacific Standard. She has more than 25 years of experience in publishing, marketing, advertising, and non-profit management. She has worked closely with the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for Public Health Education, the Association of Black Psychologists, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.

NICHOLAS JACKSON

Nicholas Jackson is the associate publisher of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, and digital director of Pacific Standard. Previously, he served as the digital editorial director at Outside, where he was responsible for all digital efforts and oversaw a six-person staff and 300 percent traffic growth to OutsideOnline.com over a one-year period. Before that, he was an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he launched the magazine’s health coverage online. He is also an officer of The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, a multi-disciplinary learned society whose essential purpose is the encouragement and improvement of scholarly research and education in literary journalism. Named one of Folio magazine’s 15 under 30, spotlighting young professionals driving media’s next-generation innovation, in 2012, Jackson has also worked for Slate, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Texas Monthly, and other publications, both online and in print. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

KIHANA LANGDON

Kihana Langdon is the executive assistant for the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy. She received her B.A. in Global and International Studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a semester.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • SARA MILLER MCCUNE

Sara Miller McCune is the founder and publisher of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, and the publisher and chair of SAGE Publications, Inc., the California-based book and journal publishing house, as well as president of the McCune Foundation, based in Montecito, California. In 1965, she founded SAGE Publications in New York City and moved the company to California in mid-1966, serving as its president for 18 years prior to becoming SAGE’s chairman in 1984. SAGE Publications, one of the leading academic and educational publishers in the world, is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, and has offices in Washington, D.C.; London; New Delhi and Kolkata, India; and Singapore.

A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, McCune is a member of the board of directors of the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She has served as a trustee of Fielding Graduate University, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, and as Fielding’s interim president in 1999-2000. She is currently a member of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation board of trustees and the UC Santa Barbara Chancellor’s Council.

  • STEVEN A. AMERIKANER

Steven A. Amerikaner is a shareholder in the Santa Barbara office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and has been licensed to practice law in California since 1973. Amerikaner has more than 30 years of experience representing property owners and businesses seeking development permits and other governmental approvals. As land use rules have become more complex and unpredictable, he has increasingly provided pre-acquisition due diligence counsel. He regularly counsels developers, public agencies, businesses, and homeowners, including coastal property owners, on land development issues such as securing land use permits (including coastal permits and major general plan and zoning amendments).

  • HOWARD GILES

Howard Giles is a professor of psychology and linguistics in the Department of Communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He was the chair of the department from 1991 to 1998, and has been president of both the International Communication Association and the International Association for the Study of Language and Social Psychology. His main research interests revolve around the study of intergroup communication in different domains (interethnic, gay-straight, between-gender, physically challenged-ablebodied people, etc.).

  • MELVIN L. OLIVER

Melvin L. Oliver is the SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and professor of sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Previously, Oliver was vice president of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at the Ford Foundation, and a University of California-Los Angeles faculty member for 18 years. An expert on racial/urban inequality and poverty, Oliver is the co-author of Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality. He earned his B.A. at William Penn College and M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • MAEDA PALIUS

Maeda Palius is a certified public accountant and cofounder of Palius + O’Kelley, a Santa Barbara, California-based business-only CPA firm. Palius works with businesses ranging from startups to larger companies with sales in excess of $50,000,000. She assists her clients with business profitability consulting, financial forecasting, budgeting, and strategic planning engagements. Palius is also a certified valuation analyst.

  • GEANE DELIMA

Geane DeLima is the president and chief operating officer of the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, home of Pacific Standard. She has more than 25 years of experience in publishing, marketing, advertising, and non-profit management. She has worked closely with the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for Public Health Education, the Association of Black Psychologists, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.

ABOUT THE MILLER-MCCUNE CENTER

In 2007, Sara Miller McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Santa Barbara, California, to provide journalists and media professionals with the tools to properly disseminate research-based knowledge to influential audiences in the U.S. and abroad. As a private operating foundation, the Miller-McCune Center strives to not just inform, but also to promote meaningful dialogue by reporting, in clear and concise language, the latest and most relevant scientific research and innovations shaping the issues of the day. Today, using print and online resources, internships, and direct outreach to the scholarly community, the Center’s goal is to tap into existing social and behavioral research to inform and promote forward-thinking actions in public policy. To that end, the Center supports the following programs:

  • PACIFIC STANDARD MAGAZINE AND PSMAG.COM

True to the mission of the Miller-McCune Center, the award-winning Pacific Standard magazine and companion website, PSmag.com, reaches nearly 1,000,000 readers each month with evocative research-based articles featuring the best of the social sciences. From the brain to the ballot box, from Facebook to foreign affairs, Pacific Standard tackles the world’s biggest social, political, and cultural issues by exploring why we do what we do.

  • SCIENCE AND THE MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS

In an effort to help active researchers share their work with broader audiences in the public and policy arenas, the Center partners with organizations such as COMPASS and the Heinz Center’s Institute for Science Communication & Policy Development, as well as two Stanford University-based initiatives, the Aldo Leonard Leadership Program and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, to bring media resources, content, and expertise to private and public events.

  • SCIENCE JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS

The Center offers hands-on internships and fellowships to talented and eager journalism and policy students from around the world at its base in Santa Barbara, California. More than 14 people have come through the program since its inception in 2008.

  • PACIFIC STANDARD EVENTS

In 2014, Pacific Standard launched a series of public events with journalists, policy experts, and social scientists to present some of our biggest stories and examine why finding solutions will take more than intellectual energy and policies to move the dial.

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