Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Writing slavery back into American business history

February 12, 2019

Caitlin Rosenthal, an assistant professor of history, has published a new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management, which examines how slaveowners in the West Indies and the American South were early innovators of many business practices and terms we use today. “It is an attempt to write slavery back into the history of American business,” Rosenthal said of her book.

Warren’s ‘wealth tax’ plan relies on findings of Berkeley economists

February 11, 2019

In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is counting on Americans being captivated by her push for additional taxes on the richest people in the country. For the numbers behind her plan, she’s turned to two UC Berkeley economists, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. The two coauthored a paper on wealth inequality for the National Bureau of Economic Research which says the current high level of wealth inequality “is almost entirely due to the rise of the top 0.1 percent wealth share.”

Gasp! First audio map of oohs, aahs and uh-ohs spans 24 emotions

February 4, 2019

Non-verbal communication say a lot more about what we’re feeling than previously understood, according to a new study authored by psychology professor Dacher Keltner. Scientists found they can convey at least 24 kinds of emotion, more than double the previously researched amount.

Sleep loss heightens pain sensitivity, dulls brain’s painkilling response

January 28, 2019

A new study led by Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of neuroscience and psychology, has identified neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain that can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury. The findings, published Jan. 28 in the Journal of Neuroscience, help explain the self-perpetuating cycles contributing to the overlapping global epidemics of sleep loss, chronic pain and even opioid addiction.

Meet our new faculty: Eric Stanley, gender and women’s studies

January 22, 2019

Eric Stanley, who received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 2013, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of gender and women's studies.

Robert Alter sets a new literary tone with his translation of the Hebrew Bible

January 18, 2019

Robert Alter, a professor of Hebrew and comparative literature, has completed a new translation of the Hebrew Bible after two and a half decades of work. In a new interview, Alter talks about what he hoped to achieve with his new translation - such as evoking the "beautifully expressive" Hebrew of the original text.

New year brings accolades to history department

January 2, 2019

A “bumper crop” of prestigious awards, prizes and honors will be presented tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan.

Another literary win against the stigma of mental illness

December 11, 2018

As a boy, UC Berkeley psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw didn’t understand why his father kept disappearing. The discovery that his father had a severe mental illness inspired him to become a champion against the stigma his father faced, and his new new memoir, Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness, just won the American Book Fest’s 2018 award for best autobiography or memoir.

Q&A: Will New York’s Lyft, Uber driver salary changes spread?

December 10, 2018

New York implemented changes last week to how Lyft and Uber drivers get paid in Manhattan, based on recommendations put forth by Michael Reich, professor of economics and co-chair, center on wage and employment dynamics at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley. Berkeley News interviewed Reich to discuss how the new rules came to be and if San Francisco Bay Area users of ride share services will soon find themselves following the New York model.