People, Departments and Programs


Dean Raka Ray began her term as dean of social sciences at UC Berkeley on January 1, 2020. Dean Ray is an award-winning mentor and teacher, and has previously held several leadership positions at UC Berkeley, including Chair of the Institute of South Asia Studies (2003-2012), Chair of the Department of Sociology (2012-2015), and Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Budget and Interdepartmental Relations.  

Ray is much in demand as a speaker on issues ranging from gender and feminist theory, postcolonial sociology, contemporary politics in the US and India, and her current project on the transformations in gender wrought by the decline of traditional fields of work for men. Ray’s publications include Fields of Protest: Women’s Movements in India (University of Minnesota, 1999; and in India, Kali for Women, 2000), Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics, co-edited with Mary Katzenstein (Rowman and Littlefeld, 2005), Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in India with Seemin Qayum (Stanford 2009), The Handbook of Gender (OUP, India 2011), Both Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes, co-edited with Amita Baviskar (Routledge, 2011), The Social Life of Gender (Sage 2017) co-edited with Jennifer Carlson and Abigail Andrews, and many articles and op-eds.

Dean Ray earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College (1985), and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1993). She has been a Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley since 1993.

Dean & Office Staff

Dean  Raka Ray
Associate Dean Maximilian Auffhammer
Associate Dean Leonardo Arriola
Director of Academic Administration Jessica Knowlton
Assistant Director of Academic Personnel Annie Viveier
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration Holli Griffin Strauss
Assistant Dean of Development Christian Gordon
Director of Development  Anya Essiounina
Associate  Director of Development Erik Lehto
Associate  Director of Development Tara McCulloch
Communications Specialist Hagit Caspi
Assistant to the Dean Randi Shussett

Academic Departments & Chairs

African American Studies Chair Ula Taylor
Anthropology Chair Charles Hirschkind
Cognitive Science Program Director David Whitney 
Demography Chair Mara Loveman
Economics Chair David Card
Ethnic Studies Chair Juana Maria Rodriguez
Gender and Women's Studies Chair Laura Nelson
Geography Chair Robert Rhew
History Chair Peter Zinoman
International & Area Studies Program Associate Dean Maximilian Auffhammer
Linguistics Chair Keith Johnson
Charles & Louise Travers Department of Political Science Chair Chris Ansell
Political Economy Director Steven Vogel
Psychology Chair Serena Chen
Sociology Cybelle Fox


In addition, L&S offers interdisciplinary majors in Legal Studies (in cooperation with the School of Law) and in Social Welfare (in cooperation with the School of Social Welfare). L&S also offers interdisciplinary major and minor programs through Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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