Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Study asks why students with more to gain from charter schools are less likely to apply

April 3, 2018
Low-achieving, non-white and poor students stand to gain the most academically from attending charter schools but are less likely to seek charter school enrollment than higher-achieving, more advantaged students who generally live closer to charter schools, according to research conducted by UC Berkeley economist Christopher Walters.

Poor grades tied to class times that don't match our biological clocks

March 29, 2018
It may be time to tailor students’ class schedules to their natural biological rhythms, according to a new study from UC Berkeley and Northeastern Illinois University.

Students to build partnerships in 'alternative break' in Puerto Rico

March 23, 2018
Ethnic Sudies undergraduates Pablo Paredes and Camila Ruiz are spending their spring break in Puerto Rico as part of Alternative Breaks, a program in Berkeley’s Public Service Center that gives more than 100 students each year a chance to explore social justice issues through hands-on service during their winter and spring breaks.

Four inspiring faculty honored as Distinguished Teachers

March 16, 2018

Four faculty members, including two from L&S, are singled out this year for one of UC Berkeley’s highest honors, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Saba Mahmood, scholar of modern Egypt, loses battle with cancer

March 13, 2018
UC Berkeley anthropology professor Saba Mahmood, a scholar of modern Egypt, died on March 10 of pancreatic cancer.

'Face to Face' opens at the Hearst

March 9, 2018
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name?” Now, a student co-curated exhibition at UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology ponders the messages conveyed by the human face directly or subtly via the globe’s diverse cultures over the centuries.

Scientists detect how words grow new meanings. Maybe computers will, too

February 27, 2018

Scientists from UC Berkeley, the University of Toronto and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania have begun to identify the algorithms humans have used over the last thousand years to give words new meanings.

New Sloan Research Fellows Announced

February 15, 2018

Three L&S faculty,  Supreet Kaur and Danny Yagan of the Department of Economics, and Norman Yao of the Department of Physics, have been named 2018 Sloan Research Fellows.

Department of African American Studies hosts Black History Month events

February 1, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, Berkeley’s Department of African American Studies is hosting several events throughout February.

At Davos, psychologist explains machismo that gave rise to #MeToo

January 26, 2018
The lone male voice on a distinguished panel on gender, power and sexual harassment, UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner this week offered research insights into male sexual aggression and the backlash that has sparked the #MeToo movement.