Social Sciences

The social sciences study the common elements and collective dimensions of the human experience. Scholars in this division of the College of Letters & Science focus on topics as varied as color perception, language acquisition, climate change, sexuality, social identity, markets and risk, wages and work, civil rights and political institutions, kinship and culture, international relations, epochal change, and child development. 


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The 12 departments that comprise the Social Sciences Division — African American Studies, Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology — are each among the most distinguished in the nation. The division is the largest within the university, with 20 percent of the faculty and 25 percent of student enrollments. It is also the most heterogeneous, offering diverse theoretical approaches and empirical methodologies for understanding the ways in which human beings, past and present, have organized their lives. This diversity offers scholars and students an unparalleled opportunity to range far and wide in their search for solutions to individual, social, and global problems.

Dean and Staff

Dean:  Kim Voss
Associate Dean:  Maximilian Auffhammer
Associate Dean: Nathan Sayre
Director of Academic Administration:  Jessica Knowlton
Academic Personnel Manager: Alana Silva
Budget Analyst:  Nicole Cernok
Assistant Dean of Development:  Christian Gordon
Assistant Director of Development:  Anya Essiounina
Graduate Diversity Director:  Ira Young
Assistant to the Dean:  Randi Shussett

Academic Departments

African American Studies Chair Ula Taylor
Anthropology Chair Laurie Wilkie
Cognitive Science Program Director David Whitney 
Demography Chair Jennifer Johnson-Hanks
Economics Chair Alan Auerbach
Ethnic Studies Chair Cathy Choy
Gender and Women's Studies Chair Leslie Salzinger
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 Ann Kring
Sociology Chair Sandra Smith

 

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.

Related Research Units and Museums

*Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research

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