2017-18 General Catalog

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Program Statement | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


John Brown Childs, Emeritus

Ben Crow
International development, sociology of water and markets, global inequality, South Asia and East Africa, political economy, sustainable development

E. Melanie DuPuis, Emerita

William H. Friedland, Emeritus

Hiroshi Fukurai
Citizen participation in the justice system, international law, race and inequality, East Asian law and politics, military and justice, and advanced quantitative methods

Herman S. Gray
Cultural studies, media and television studies, black cultural politics, social theory

Miriam Greenberg
Urban sociology, media studies, cultural studies, political economy, globalization, and urban political ecology

Paul M. Lubeck, Emeritus

Marcia Millman, Emerita

James R. O’Connor , Emeritus

Jennifer E. Reardon
Science studies; sociology of science, technology, and medicine; feminist theory; race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality/class; biology and society

Craig Reinarman, Emeritus

Pamela Ann Roby, Emerita

Dana Y. Takagi, Emerita

Candace West, Emerita

Associate Professor

Julie Bettie
Cultural theory and popular culture; race, gender, class, and cultural politics; sexuality and erotic labor; critical qualitative methodologies

Deborah Gould
Political emotion; social movements and contentious politics; classical and contemporary social theory; sexualities; lesbian/gay/queer studies; feminist and queer theory

Steven McKay
Work and labor markets; globalization and social change; political sociology; race; masculinity; migration; ethnography/qualitative methods

Helen Shapiro
Political economy, Latin American economic history and development (with an emphasis on Brazil), industrial policy, the auto industry, the state and transnational corporations

Veronica Terriquez
Immigrant incorporation, civic engagement, social inequality, Latinos in the U.S., youth transitions to adulthood, quantitative methods, mixed-methods

Assistant Professor

Hillary Angelo
Urban sociology, nature and society, infrastructure, social theory, urban political ecology, historical methods

James Battle
Anthropologies and technologies of science and medicine; biological, pharmaceutical, and technological citizenship; racial classification, bioethics, and health disparities; history of social medicine; risk, translation, and uncertainty

Lindsey Dillon
Urban geography, critical race theory, political ecology, environmental justice, feminist approaches to science and technology studies

Rebecca London
Education; children, youth and families; social policy; health and well-being; social inequality; cross-sector analyses; community-engaged research; quantitative methods; mixed methods


Wendy Martyna
Social psychology, death and dying, gender, social change, family and youth, language and society

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Barbara L. Epstein, Emerita (History of Consciousness)

Julie Guthman (Social Sciences)
California agriculture, sustainable agriculture and alternative food movements, international political economy of food and agriculture, politics of food and health, political ecology, race and food, epigenetics and environmental health, critical human geography

Nancy Stoller, Emerita (Community Studies)

Andrew Szasz (Environmental Studies)
Environmental sociology (environmental movements, policy, environmental justice); theory

Mark Traugott, Emeritus (History)

David Wellman, Emeritus (Community Studies)

Associate Professor

Sylvanna Falcón (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Human rights, racism/antiracism, globalization, gender, transnational feminism, Latin America (Mexico, Peru), United States

Jessica Taft (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Youth activism; childhood and youth studies; social movements; participatory democracy; girls studies; Latin American radicalisms; feminist theory; qualitative and participatory research methods

Revised: 09/01/17