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 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 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, 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 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.