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.
Sara Miller McCune is the founder and executive chairman of the independent academic and professional publisher SAGE and president of the McCune Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Ventura, California, which aims to be an agent of productive change by supporting the growth of social capital in communities. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 in New York City. Her goal was to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. She served as the company’s president for 18 years prior to becoming SAGE’s chairman in 1984. SAGE moved to California in mid-1966 and set up offices in London in 1971, in India in 1981, and Singapore in 2006, and acquired CQ Press, based in Washington, D.C., in 2008. Today, Ms. McCune also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. Ms. McCune remains actively involved in the company’s ongoing expansion and development.
In 2007, Ms. McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy in Santa Barbara, California, and today serves as its executive chairman. In 2008, she launched Miller-McCune magazine both in print and online, which was named one of Library Journal’s “10 Best Magazines” of 2008.
In 2012, the magazine, which brings the “science of society” to the public, was re-titled Pacific Standard. Since then, the magazine has been nominated for the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2013 (one of only five in its category) and was awarded the Sidney Hillman Award, honoring socially conscious journalism for its February 2014 article, “The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet”; the Media for Liberty Award, honoring articles that explore the relationship between economic and political liberty, for its article “The Deluge” from May/June 2013; five Maggie awards from the Western Publishing Association, including Best Feature Article and Best Politics & Social Issues magazine in 2013; the American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Excellence in Journalism for the May/June 2013 article “What Does It Take for Traumatized Kids to Thrive?”; and a Folio Ozzie Award for Best Use of Illustration for the May/June 2012 issue “The Keyboard and the Damage Done,” to name a few of its many honors.
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 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. 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 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.