Spring 2020 - I took this during spring COVID quarter (online), so just keep that in mind. Peris seems like a really nice guy, and was super accomodating through all the craziness going on in the world. He lessened our workload, and the midterm was really fair considering all the content we went over. He made the final optional and eased the grading scale a bunch, too. His lectures were engaging and funny at times, and he even connected his lectures to some current events, which was interesting. I really enjoyed his approach to the class. PS he did get in trouble for saying the n-word while reading MLK's Birmingham letter during the George Floyd protests. He obviously shouldn't have done it, and it was hurtful people (esp BIPOC) even though he emphasized that he was saying it for historical context, and not to be malicious. His apology seemed genuine, and if it wasn't for that, I think he would really represent UCLA well as a full time prof.
Spring 2022 - I enjoyed taking this course with Professor Ajax. His courses always seem to be organized and manageable. I would recommend taking his courses for this class and Congress. If he was teaching other courses at UCLA, I would also take them. This class required a polling group assignment, which was fun to complete with a team and present our research and findings. He is a caring professor and will answer in a timely manner to emails and will go out of his way to schedule office hours with students that are unable to come to his regular office hours. His guidance and answering questions have always been helpful. I recommend taking this course!