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PhD student in social welfare, University of California, Los Angeles

Sara Wilf is a third-year doctoral student in Social Welfare. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore youth civic engagement and youth-led change, with a focus on social media as a context. In her research, she seeks to amplify young people’s agency in creating sociopolitical change and imagining better futures. Her work has been supported by the Frank D. Gilliam Jr. Social Justice Award (2020, 2021), the Bedari Kindness Institute Summer Fellowship (2020), and the Graduate Research Mentorship (2021). She is an affiliate with the UCLA Race, Ethnicity, Politics & Society (REPS) Lab, and co-founding member of UC Survivors + Allies.

Previously, Sara worked in research and evaluation with youth-focused nonprofits in India, Chile, and the U.S. Sara graduated with an MPA in Social Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and she also holds a BA in Comparative Literature – Spanish and English from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude.


  • –present
    PhD Student, University of California, Los Angeles


  • 2016 
    Columbia University , MPA