Podcast: Talk Policy To Me

Episode 1: Immigration with Professor Steve Raphael

In episode 1 of Talk Policy To Me, host Jasmine Jones speaks with Professor Steve Raphael about immigration.

Guest Bio

Steven Raphael is a Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and holds the James D. Marver Chair at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

He works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing.

His research focuses on also the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections. His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in US incarceration rates and racial disparities in criminal justice outcomes.

He is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are so Many Americans in Prison? (Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research).  Raphael is research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the California Policy Lab, the  University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Public Policy Institute of California. Raphael holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.

Read his papers on "Undocumented Immigrants and Their Experience with Illegality" and "Illegality: A Contemporary Portrait of Immigration."

Meet Our Podcast Hosts!

Jasmine Jones hails from Richmond, CA and graduated with a BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University. She has over half a decade of community organizing experience in low-income communities dealing with the school-to-prison pipeline, particularly addressing the issue of school police.

She was a founding member and the lead organizer at the Black Organizing Project based in Oakland, CA and under her leadership, working alongside parents and students, she passed four historic policies within Oakland Unified School District. In 2013 Jasmine was appointed by the mayor to the Human Rights and Human Relations Commission in the city of Richmond and has served as the Chair of the commission from 2014-2017. She transitioned into Leadership for Educational Equity in 2015 where she became a civic engagement coach training over 250 educators throughout the Bay Area in political leadership.

Jasmine is currently a Master of Publica Affairs (MPA) student at the Goldman School.


Jonathan Stein (MPP/JD '13) is the head of the Voting Rights Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and previously served as a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California. He is Chair of the Board of Directors at California Common Cause and Chair of the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission. He is a Bay Area native.