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Spotlight: Kyle Haines, Graduate Student

Kyle Haines’ work as a UC San Diego graduate student in political science has taken him across academic and national borders. With his focus on environmental political theory, he has forged cross-disciplinary collaborations on campus and with institutions in Mexico to address ecological challenges in the region. Read More


Advancing the Science of Society

a letter from Dean Carol Padden

When I think of “social sciences” I think of the different ways that we approach “the science of society.” Our students and faculty are at the forefront of vital work – fundamental work, practical work and the theoretical heavy lifting that is needed to advance taking action in society. We seek to understand humans, as individuals and in groups – what makes people, and the groups of people they live with, tick. Read More


Social Sciences News


Relationships and strong social networks are vital to school reform says Alan Daly of Education Studies, who believes the only way to improve schools is to understand the environment in which we’re trying to effect change.


Cognitive scientists identify “conjunction junction” for brain’s navigation function – the region that enables you to create mental maps and find your way.

Vint Cerf, the “father of the Internet” and chief Internet evangelist at Google, shared his insights on the economic evolution of the Internet during a recent UC San Diego Economics Roundtable.


Archaeology grad student Matthew Vincent is working to salvage destroyed Iraqi artifacts by building a virtual museum. If you have photos or know how to code, you can help.


Facts vs. Rants: Sociologist David FitzGerald discusses the statistics on immigrants and crime.

What does “Inside Out” teach us about emotions, memories and the mind? Psychologists Gail Heyman and John Wixted, along with other experts, share their thoughts with The Hollywood Reporter.


Congratulations to economists Melissa Famulari and James Hamilton, who received Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards, and Marc Garellek of Linguistics, Jillian Hernandez of Ethnic Studies and Vanessa Ribas of Sociology, who were named Hellman Faculty Fellows.

It Takes a Village or 10: Gerry Mackie of Political Science says that when it comes to stopping a harmful social practice, the people practicing it must band together and abandon it as a group.


Carol Padden was one of three deans who, along with Social Sciences alum Marianne Cooper '95, discussed women’s leadership in higher education during a recent Social Sciences Supper Club.


Enhancing education through technology: Former Dean of Social Sciences Jeff Elman launches the campus’s online learning office while cognitive scientist Scott Klemmer offers an innovative online course series in interaction design.

How did people in other centuries deal with the mentally ill? How do we? Sociologist Andrew Scull explores how society interacts with mental illness in his new book “Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine.”


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Upcoming Events


Economics Roundtable, Oct. 22, 2015 – Emmanuel Saez, director of the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley, will discuss “Income and Wealth Inequality: Evidence and Policy Implications.”

New Speaker Series Launches for 2015-2016 – Socially Speaking, the Division of Social Sciences' new speaker series, will roll out this fall. Formerly known as the Social Sciences Supper Club, the series will feature an exciting line-up of expert faculty and alumni who will speak on some of the most important social issues of our time. Socially Speaking events will explore topics ranging from gearing up for the 2016 presidential election to the workings of the human mind and behavior. Stay tuned for speakers and dates! Want to make sure you’re in the know? Email to be added to the contact list.


Giving Updates


Gift Establishes New Endowed Chair

Thomas J. Csordas, renowned anthropologist and director of the Global Health Program at UC San Diego, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Dr. James Y. Chan Presidential Chair for Global Health in the Division of Social Sciences.

The endowed faculty chair was established with a $500,000 pledge from retired physician James Y. Chan, and matched through the University of California’s Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs.


Supporting Teacher Preparation

The Department of Education would like to acknowledge generous donors – the Weil Family and Mark Freund and Trice Koopman – who believe in the power of education and the importance of having well-prepared teachers.


Alumni Updates


Congrats, UC San Diego Class of 2015 – We Welcome a New Generation of Tritons!

Nhat-Dang Do, Warren ’15 (Political Science) was accepted to the Political Science Ph.D. program for fall 2015. Do was also accepted into the Capitol Fellowships Program for the State Senate. It is a one year opportunity where he will work in the State Capitol as a full-time policy aide. He is deferring his Ph.D. acceptance to fall 2016.

Erin McKey, Roosevelt ’15 (Economics – Management Science) is an accounting assistant at Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego. In the future, she plans to obtain her MBA in either finance or accounting and become a financial planner and analyst. She is passionate about reading classic literature and swimming – teaching lessons and swimming laps in the pool.

Claudia Renteria, Roosevelt ’12 (Political Science), M.Ed. and Multiple Subject Credential ’15 (Education Studies) will begin teaching first grade at Field Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District in the fall. As a bilingual teacher, Claudia is passionate about supporting emergent bilingual students’ language development and making sure her students' backgrounds and cultures are represented in the curriculum.


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