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Our purpose is captured in our name: we provide an organizational framework—a “matrix”—that supports cross-disciplinary research pursued by social scientists across the University of California, Berkeley campus and beyond.

Matrix News

Research Teams

Published August 17, 2022

Matrix Announces Research Teams for 2022-2023

Social Science Matrix has selected six new Matrix Research Teams for the 2022-2023 academic year. Matrix Research Teams are groups of scholars who gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question or emerging field in the social sciences. This year’s funded teams — three faculty-led teams and three student-led teams — were chosen following review by a cross-disciplinary panel of faculty members.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: October 10th, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT

Author Meets Critics: “Voices in the Code”

Algorithms can be complex, opaque, and intimidating—and it can be tempting to pretend that hard moral questions have simple technological answers. This "Authors Meet Critics" panel will focus on the book "Voices in the Code: A Story About People, Their Values, and the Algorithm They Made," by David Robinson, a visiting scholar at Matrix, in conversation by Iason Gabriel and Deirdre Mulligan.

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Affiliated Centers

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Event Date: October 13th, 2022
3:30pm-5:00pm

Strength in Numbers: How Polls Work and Why We Need Them

Presented by the Citrin Center for Public Opinion Research, this panel will focus on challenges related to public opinion polling — and how they can be addressed. Panelists include Elliott Morris, Data Journalist and Correspondent, The Economist; Mark Di Camillo, Director, IGS Survey, UC Berkeley; Erin Hartman, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley; and Jon Cohen, Chief Research Officer, Momentive/SurveyMonkey. The panel will be moderated by Jack Citrin, Professor of the Graduate School, UC Berkeley.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: October 14th, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT

Authors Meet Critics: Darieck Scott, “Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics”

Join us on October 14 for an Authors Meet Critics panel on "Keeping It Unreal: Comics and Black Queer Fantasy," by Darieck Scott, Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Scott will be joined in conversation by Ula Taylor and Scott Bukatman, and Greg Niemeyer will moderate.

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Matrix On Point

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Event Date: October 20th, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT

Matrix on Point: The Court and the People

Join us on October 20 for a Matrix on Point panel on the implications of the conservative turn in the Supreme Court. With Thomas Biolsi, Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies; Khiara Bridges, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law; and Ronit Stahl, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of History. Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Law.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: November 9th, 2022
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PT

Authors Meet Critics: How the Clinic Made Gender

Register to join us on November 9 for an "Authors Meet Critics" panel on "How the Clinic Made Gender: The Medical History of a Transformative Idea," a new book by Sandra Eder, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley and Acting Director of the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS). Eder will be joined in conversation by Professors Laura Nelson and Danya Lagos; the panel will be moderated by Catherine Ceniza Choy.

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Podcast

Published September 30, 2022

The Rise of Mass Incarceration: An Interview with Chris Muller and Alex Roehrkasse

On this episode of the Matrix Podcast, Julia Sizek spoke with two UC Berkeley scholars whose work focuses on explaining how mass incarceration has changed over the last 30 years. Alex Roehrkasse is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Butler University. He studies the production of racial, class, and gender inequality in the […]

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Interview

Published September 22, 2022

The Materiality of the Telegraph Revolution: A Visual Interview with Sophie FitzMaurice

How did the telegraph change the environment? Read our latest "visual interview" with Sophie FitzMaurice, a PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of History, whose research interests include how telegraph poles were produced, and how woodpeckers responded to the concomitant disappearance of forests and the rise of telegraph lines.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published September 21, 2022

The Government of Emergency: Vital Systems, Expertise, and the Politics of Security

Watch the video (or listen to the recording) of our recent "Authors Meet Critics" panel discussion on the book "The Government of Emergency: Vital Systems, Expertise, and the Politics of Security," by Stephen Collier and Andrew Lakoff, which explores the evolution of how experts and officials prepare for catastrophic risks. The authors were joined in conversation by Cathryn Carson and Michael Watts, with Aihwa Ong moderating.

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Podcast

Interview

Published September 12, 2022

Economic Benefits of Higher Education: Zach Bleemer and Maximilian Müller

Why do people choose to go to college (or not)? What impact do race-based or financial aid policies have on higher education and the broader economy? In this episode of the Matrix Podcast, Julia Sizek spoke with two UC Berkeley-trained economists whose research focuses on the economic impacts of higher education. Maximilian Müller completed his PhD […]

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Book Talk

Recap

Published September 6, 2022

Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century

Recorded on Sept. 1, 2022, this video features a panel focused on Professor J. Bradford DeLong's book, "Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century." Response by Robert Brenner, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at UCLA. Moderated by Steven Vogel, Co-Director of the Network for a New Political Economy (N2PE).

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Interview

Published August 31, 2022

The Effects of Reparations: A Visual Interview with Arlen Guarin

What are the impacts of reparations on the lives of victims of violence? Read our visual interview with Arlen Guarin, a PhD Candidate in Economics at UC Berkeley, who studies the effects of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality, including reparations given to victims of human rights violations in Colombia.

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