Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Meet our new faculty: Jón Steinsson, economics

November 14, 2018

Jón Steinsson, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard, is joining the faculty as the Chancellor's Professor of Economics.

Was it a ‘Blue Wave’ or not? Experts to break down Election Day

November 14, 2018

What should we make of last Tuesday’s election, where midterm turnout was the highest it has been in a century, Democrats gained control of the House and showed surprising strength in GOP states like Texas and Georgia? Berkeley News sat down with political science professor Robert Van Houweling, an expert in voter behavior and legislative dynamics, to talk about what the results might mean for 2020 and what to expect from a divided government.

Take a bow, freshman improv grads: You slayed it

November 8, 2018

Undergrads, if you’re willing to set aside your mobile devices, embarrass yourself in front of strangers and take one for the team – personal glory be damned – here’s a class for you. Psych 24 is a one-unit, pass/no pass UC Berkeley freshman seminar that uses madcap improvisational theater to teach about the science of the human mind.

Chronically anxious? Deep sleep may take the edge off

November 6, 2018

Extreme angst is on the rise nationally and globally, especially among teens and millennials. Among other factors, preliminary findings from UC Berkeley sleep researchers Matthew Walker and Eti Ben Simon point to a chronic lack of deep restorative sleep, indicating that non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep plays a key role in calming the overactive brain.

What to watch for as the votes roll in — advice from a Berkeley expert

November 6, 2018

Berkeley News sat down with professor Jack Citrin, an expert on political behavior and California politics who has taught at UC Berkeley since 1970, to talk about how he’ll spend election night, which races matter and where politics go from here.

A letter to my students: I still have hope because of you — now vote

November 2, 2018

Martha Olney, a teaching professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics, sent this letter to her students earlier this week.

What Tuesday’s election might tell us about the future of politics

November 1, 2018

A high turnout is expected at the polls on November 6th - and Laura Stoker, a UC Berkeley associate professor of political science, says that which groups show up could be another signal that the old rules of politics don’t apply.

Hari’s challenge: Finding a place of comfort

October 24, 2018

For Hari Srinivasan, a fourth-year student in psychology with nonverbal autism and sensory dysregulation, unfamiliar spaces can spark frenzy and overstimulation can send his reflexes into overdrive. Srinivasan is one of about 2,700 students in UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program, or DSP, which worked with him to provide accommodations and services tailed to his needs.

To track how students ace the LSAT, watch their eyes

October 18, 2018

A half-decade ago, UC Berkeley neuroscientists discovered that training for law school admission exams boosted brain connections that sharpen reasoning skills. Today, they’ve taken a major step closer to understanding how practicing the LSAT makes students smarter. They’re watching their eyes.

Meet our new faculty: Cecilia Mo, political science and public policy

October 16, 2018

Priya Moorjani, who received her Ph.D. from Stanford, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of political science and public policy.