Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Berkeley alumni score three 2019 Pulitzer Prize victories

April 18, 2019

Political science alumnus Darrin Bell, who started cartooning for the Daily Cal in 1995, became the first African American to be awarded the editorial cartooning Pulitzer, which has been handed out since 1922. He is a freelance cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune and Washington Postand who is a contributing cartoonist to the New Yorker.

Nine faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 17, 2019

Nine UC Berkeley faculty have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among them are Judith Butler, the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory; Eugene Chiang, a professor of astronomy and of earth and planetary science; Kam-Biu Luk, a professor of physics; Emi Nakamura, the Chancellor’s Professor of Economics; Kristin Scott, a professor of molecular and cell biology; and Chris Shannon, the Richard and Lisa Steiny Professor of Economics.

Notre Dame fire like the burning of the Library of Alexandria, historian says

April 15, 2019

As France recovers from the massive fire at Notre Dame, UC Berkeley historians Peter Sahlins, Thomas Laqueur, and Geoffrey Koziol weigh in on the central role the iconic church has in the city - and the nation's - identity.

Five Berkeleyans among 2019 Guggenheim winners

April 12, 2019

Five UC Berkeley professors are among this year’s 168 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows. The prestigious fellowships recognize scholars with impressive achievements who also show promise in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts.

Berkeley Talks: Neurobiologist David Presti on the ritual use of psychoactive plants

March 28, 2019

For millennia, humans have cultivated deep relationships with psychoactive plants. David Presti, who teaches neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley, gave this talk March 21 for the opening of the Lounge Lecture Series at the Phoebe A.

College Letters Science Graduate Fellowships

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Graduate Fellowships 2019-20

Graduate Student In Regalia Walking Past Tree to Commencement

Kids store 1.5 megabytes of information to master their native language

March 27, 2019

Learning one’s native language may seem effortless, but new research from UC Berkeley suggests that language acquisition between birth and 18 is a remarkable feat of cognition, rather than something humans are just hardwired to do. The study's senior author is Steven Piantadosi, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.

Kids are smarter than adults when solving certain problems

March 15, 2019

Still depending on your kids to figure out why your smartphone’s acting weird? As a rule, children are wired to explore, experiment and get results through trial and error – usually more quickly than grownups. But why?

That and similar questions will be covered Tuesday, March 19, by UC Berkeley developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik, who is presenting one of the two talks at this year’s Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures, a 106-year-old campus tradition.

What ancient poop reveals about the rise and fall of civilizations

March 14, 2019

The pre-Columbian city of Cahokia was once among the most populous and bustling settlements north of Mexico. But by 1400 A.D., Cahokia’s population had dwindled to virtually nothing. While theories abound about what happened, AJ White, a Ph.D. student in anthropology at UC Berkeley, has studied ancient poop samples to connect the city’s 13th century population plunge – at least in part – to climate change.

Fiat Vox: For Malika Imhotep, devotion to black feminist study is a life practice

March 12, 2019

Malika Imhotep grew up in West Atlanta, rooted in a community that she calls an “Afrocentric bubble,” in a family of artisans, entrepreneurs and community organizers. Now, as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, she’s studying how black women and femmes make sense of themselves in a society designed, in many ways, to keep them out.