Social Science Matrix is UC Berkeley’s new flagship institute for social science research. Its purpose is to support cross-disciplinary projects pursued by more than 500 social scientists across the Berkeley campus research landscape and beyond. With Matrix as a catalyst, UC Berkeley social scientists have unique potential to generate effective solutions to global challenges like mobility, behavior change, social resilience, and governance.
This series is designed to foment relentless innovation with the aim to generate new forms of scientific inquiry and design more effective forms of social intervention. It encourages risk-taking through sponsored research projects that investigate emerging trends in contemporary social science. It fosters collaboration and project development by providing program coordination for seminars and events around questions that demand diverse perspective and methods.
Carla Hesse is Dean of Social Sciences and Peder Sather Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, and a member of the Social Science Matrix leadership. She is author of The Other Enlightenment: How French Women Became Modern and Publishing and Cultural Politics in Revolutionary Paris and a member of the editorial board of Representation, as well as editor and co-editor of numerous collections of academic research.
William Hanks is Director of the Social Science Matrix, Professor of Anthropology, Affiliated Professor of Linguistics, and Berkeley Distinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is author of Intertexts: Writings on Language, Utterance and Context, Language and Communicative Practices, and Referential Practice: Language and Lived Space among the Maya.
Paul Duguid is Adjunct Full Professor in the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley. He is co-author of The Social Life of Information as well as editor of collections of scholarly writing and special issues of journals. He is a member of the Social Science Matrix Advisory Board. He has reviewed regularly for The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and The Threepenny Review.
Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, Department of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley. Comparative Historical Sociology; Religion and Politics
Marion Fourcade, Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley; Economic Sociology
Jennifer Johnston-Hanks, Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley; Population and Demography
Michael Watts, Professor Emeritus of Geography, U.C. Berkeley; Political Economy and Political Ecology
Steve Weber, Professor of Information, Professor of Political Science, U.C. Berkeley; Cybersecurity and Behavioral Economics