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Authors Meet Critics


Event Date: December 5th, 2023

Authors Meet Critics: Trevor Jackson, “Impunity and Capitalism: The Afterlives of European Financial Crises, 1690–1830”

Register to join us on December 5 for a panel on "Impunity and Capitalism: the Afterlives of European Financial Crises, 1690-1830," by Trevor Jackson, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Jackson will be joined by William H. Janeway, David Singh Grewal, and Anat Admati.

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Published December 9, 2015

Juana María Rodríguez: “Statistics and Queer Theory”

Professor Juana María Rodríguez, from UC Berkeley's Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, suggests that scholars in the field of Queer Studies would benefit from a turn to statistics as a lens into bisexuality and other identities.

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Grants and Opportunities

Published October 4, 2015

Hanks Receives Staley Book Prize

Congratulations to William F. Hanks, UC Berkeley Distinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology and Director of Social Science Matrix, for receiving the 2015 J.I. Staley Book Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of anthropology.

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Matrix News

Published September 24, 2015

Fall 2015 Matrix Seminars Underway

Covering topics ranging from climate change and race relations to polarization in Europe and the study of metaphor, a new series of interdisciplinary seminars are underway at Social Science Matrix.

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Published September 22, 2015

Robin T. Lakoff: “What’s Up With Upspeak?”

The linguistic phenomenon known as “upspeak” has long been linked to a broader pattern of gender relations, thanks to the work of UC Berkeley’s Robin T. Lakoff, Professor Emerita in the Department of Linguistics.

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Published August 15, 2015

Manisha Anantharaman: “It’s Not Easy Being Green”

For India’s growing middle class, recycling is as much about creating identity as being environmentally conscientious.

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Published July 7, 2015

Hacking Measurement

A Social Science Matrix research seminar on "Technology for Measurement" is dedicated to developing new solutions for gathering social data from a variety of sources.

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