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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.

Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: February 1st, 2023
1:00pm-2:30pm Pacific

Microverses: Observations from a Shattered Present

Register to join us on February 1, 2023 at 1pm for an Authors Meet Critics panel on "Microverses: Observations from a Shattered Present," by Dylan Riley, Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Riley will be joined in conversation by Colleen Lye and Donna Jones from the UC Berkeley Department of English; the panel will be moderated by Alexei Yurchak, Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

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Matrix Lecture

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Event Date: February 15th, 2023
4:00pm-5:30pm

Reimagining Global Integration: A Matrix Distinguished Lecture by Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Please register to join us on February 15 for a Matrix Distinguished Lecture by Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar, the tenth president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A former justice of the Supreme Court of California, Justice Cuéllar served two U.S. presidents at the White House and in federal agencies, and was a faculty member at Stanford University for two decades.

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Panel

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Event Date: February 16th, 2023
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT

Economics and Geopolitics in US International Relations: China, Europe, and the Global South

The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have reshaped global geopolitics, trade, and security. How will these changes affect the relationship between the US and China, Europe, and the Global South? This panel will feature Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; James Fearon, Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences; and Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Director of Research of the International Monetary Fund. John Zysman, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, will moderate.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: March 6th, 2023
4:00pm-5:30pm

Authors Meet Critics: “Cooperating with the Colossus,” by Rebecca Herman

Register for an Authors Meet Critics panel on "Cooperating with Colossus: A Social and Political History of US Military Bases in World War II Latin America," by Rebecca Herman, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley. The panel will also include USF Professor Julio Moreno and UC Davis Professor José Juan Pérez Meléndez. UC Berkeley History Professor Elena Schneider will moderate.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: March 7th, 2023
12:30pm-2:00pm

Authors Meet Critics: “To Defend This Sunrise,” by Courtney Morris

Register to join us on Tuesday, March 7 from 12:30-2pm for an Authors Meet Critics panel on "To Defend This Sunrise: Black Women’s Activism and the Authoritarian Turn in Nicaragua," by Courtney Desiree Morris, Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of Research in Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. Morris will be joined in conversation by Tianna Paschel and Jovan Scott Lewis, with Lok Siu moderating.

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Social Science / Data Science

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Event Date: March 8th, 2023
4pm-6pm

Lecture: Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University

Please join us on March 8 at 4pm for a lecture by Jo Guldi, Professor of History and Practicing Data Scientist at Southern Methodist University. Professor Guldi’s lecture will be entitled “Towards a Practice of Text-Mining to Understand Change Over Historical Time: The Persistence of Memory in British Parliamentary Debates in the Nineteenth Century.” Co-sponsored […]

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Matrix On Point

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Event Date: April 3rd, 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm Pacific

Matrix on Point: Wealth and Taxes

How do the wealthy maintain their wealth through tax havens, and what can we learn about these opaque practices? In this Matrix on Point panel, experts will explain the global ecosystem of tax avoidance, including how corporations and individuals move across multiple legal jurisdictions to maintain wealth and avoid paying taxes.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Event Date: April 6th, 2023
4:00pm-5:30pm

Authors Meet Critics: “Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments,” by Sarah Anzia

Register to join us on April 6, 2023 at 4pm for an Authors Meet Critics book panel focused on Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Government, by Sarah Anzia, which explores how local governments—and the interest groups that try to influence them—create the policies that drive the national conversation.

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Matrix On Point

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Event Date: April 20th, 2023
12pm-1:30pm Pacific

Matrix on Point: Border Crossing

Changing economic and legal circumstances alongside humanitarian crises are shifting the politics and histories of borders today, and reshaping the interdisciplinary field of border studies. Join us on April 20 for a Matrix on Point panel featuring a group of UC Berkeley PhD candidates sharing their ongoing research on borders and migration.

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Alumni Interview

Podcast

Published December 6, 2022

Alumni Interview: Adriana Kugler, World Bank Executive Director for the US

This episode of the Matrix Podcast features an interview with Adriana D. Kugler, the World Bank Group Executive Director for the United States, who graduated with a PhD from the Department of Economics in 1997. Professor Danny Yagan conducted the interview.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published December 1, 2022

Authors Meet Critics: How the Clinic Made Gender

Watch a video (or listen to a podcast) of our recent “Authors Meet Critics” panel on "How the Clinic Made Gender: The Medical History of a Transformative Idea," by Sandra Eder, Associate Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Eder was joined in conversation by Laura Nelson, Danya Lagos, and Catherine Ceniza Choy.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published November 10, 2022

Matrix on Point: The Court and the People

On October 20, Social Science Matrix hosted a "Matrix on Point" panel featuring UC Berkeley experts discussing what the conservative turn in the Supreme Court means for the relationship between the Court and the people. Panelists included Erwin Chemerinsky, Thomas Biolsi, and Khiara M. Bridges, with Ronit Stahl, moderating.

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Matrix News

Matrix Communications Fellows

Published November 7, 2022

Inaugural Cohort of Matrix Communications Fellows Announced

Social Science Matrix is proud to announce our inaugural cohort of Matrix Communications Fellows, a group of six PhD students or candidates who will create podcasts, written interviews, or other features while developing social science communication skills throughout the year. The Fellows are Jennie Barker, a PhD candidate in Political Science; J.T. Jamieson, a PhD candidate in History; Aidan Lee, a PhD student in History; Daniel Lobo, a PhD student in Sociology; Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya, a PhD student in Sociology; and Tiffany Taylor, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published November 3, 2022

Voices in the Code: A Story About People, Their Values, and the Algorithm They Made

 Recorded on October 10, 2022, this “Authors Meet Critics” panel focused 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 Social Science Matrix and a member of the faculty at Apple University. Robinson was joined in conversation by […]

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published November 3, 2022

Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics

Recorded on October 14, 2022, this Authors Meet Critics panel focused on the book "Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics," by Darieck Scott, Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Scott was joined in conversation by Ula Taylor and Scott Bukatman, with Greg Niemeyer moderating.

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