Meet the staff of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University

 

Michael A. Genovese, President | Global Policy Institute

Michael A. Genovese earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1979. He currently holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, is a professor of political science, and is Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University. In 2006, he was made a Fellow at the Queens College, Oxford University. In 2015, he was named President of the Global Policy Institute.

 

 

Gabriele Magni, Director | Global Policy Institute

An assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Magni teaches classes on comparative and European politics, political economy, and LGBTQ politics. His scholarly work explores how economic and identity factors interact to shape political preferences and voting behavior in advanced democracies. Magni’s research on the political consequences of economic inequality, immigration, and LGBTQ politics has been published in several top peer-reviewed academic journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the British Journal of Political Science. His expertise has been sought-out and featured in The Washington Post, Politico, The New Republic, and The New York Times, among other academic and non-academic venues. A first-generation college student, Magni grew up in Italy, obtained his Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoc at Princeton University before coming to LMU to join the BCLA faculty in fall 2019. 

Dr. Gene Park, Senior Fellow and Former Director | Global Policy Institute

Gene Park's research interests include comparative and international political economy; Japanese foreign policy and politics; and the politics of monetary policy, public spending and taxation. He also has a broad interest in East Asian security. His most recent co-authored book is "Taming Japan's Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy" (Cornell University Press, 2018). An earlier book, "Spending without Taxation: FILP and Politics of Public Finance," was published in 2011 (Stanford University Press). He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California Berkeley. He is an avid tennis player.

 

 

Jonathan Pollack, Distinguished Scholar of Strategic Studies| Global Policy Institute

Jonathan Pollack is Distinguished Scholar of Strategic Studies in the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches seminars on post World War II strategy and policy in East Asia and Chinese power and policymaking. He is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. During his tenure at Brookings he served as Director of the John L. Thornton China Center and later as holder of the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies. Prior to joining Brookings, he was Director of the Strategic Research Department at the US Naval War College and was previously Head of the Political Science Department and Corporate Research Manager for International Policy at RAND. He has also taught at Brandeis University, the RAND School of Policy Studies, UCLA, and the Naval War College.

Dr. Pollack earned his M.A. and Ph. D. at the University of Michigan, and was subsequently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University.

His primary research interests include East Asian security and development; the politics and foreign policies of China; political and strategic futures on the Korean Peninsula; and US policy in Asia and the Pacific. His publications include Strategic Surprise? US-China Relations in the Early 21st Century; Korea-The East Asian Pivot; Asia Eyes America: Regional Perspectives on US Asia-Pacific Strategy; and No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Security. His current research focuses on the uncertainties and risks to regional order in East Asia.

Dhimaan Sarkaar, Graduate Assistant | Global Policy Institute

Dhimaan Sarkaar is currently pursuing his master’s program in business analytics from the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University. In addition, Dhimaan holds a bachelor’s degree in personal financial planning from the University of Missouri and graduated as an outstanding senior. Additionally, he has worked in the domain of banking and data science. His most recent experience includes working with Wells Fargo Bank, where he was a part of the internal data privacy operations team and specialized in data privacy regulations CCPA & GDPR. Dhimaan is well-versed across six different languages and shares strong acumen in Policy Analysis.