UC Berkeley’s flagship institute for social science research

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 Berkeley campus and beyond. (Please note that, due to COVID-19, our on-campus offices are closed and all our events will be delivered online until further notice.)

Matrix On Point

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Event Date: May 14th, 2021

America’s Pursuit of Racial Justice

Please join us on May 14 for a “Matrix on Point” panel discussion on racial justice in America. The panelists will discuss the critical momentum of Black-led protests and the Black Lives Matter movement this past year, and situate this within the larger historical context of social movements for racial justice in the United States. Panelists will include: Leigh Raiford, Brandon M. Terry, Monica Bell, and Christopher Muller.

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Matrix On Point

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Event Date: May 14th, 2021

America’s Pursuit of Racial Justice

Please join us on May 14 for a “Matrix on Point” panel discussion on racial justice in America. The panelists will discuss the critical momentum of Black-led protests and the Black Lives Matter movement this past year, and situate this within the larger historical context of social movements for racial justice in the United States. Panelists will include: Leigh Raiford, Brandon M. Terry, Monica Bell, and Christopher Muller.

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Matrix Book Salon

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Published May 11, 2021

Matrix Book Salon: “Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics”

Recorded on May 7, 2021, this UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix Book Salon featured the book, "Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics," by LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, who was joined in conversation by Taeku Lee, Professor of Political Science and Law at UC Berkeley.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published May 4, 2021

Truth & Denial: Searching for Information in the Digital Era

On April 22, 2021, a "Matrix on Point" panel discussion focused on questions of objectivity, disinformation, and the construction of truth from a media-consumption (rather than media-production) perspective, focusing on how internet users find information, how algorithms play a deterministic role in search results, and how lies propagate and solidify.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Published April 26, 2021

“Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity”

Recorded on April 19, 2021, this panel featured a conversation about the book, "Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity," by Armando Lara-Millán, Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Co-sponsored by the Center for Study of Law and Society (CSLS).

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Solidarity and Strife

Recap

Published April 13, 2021

Beyond Competition: Alternative Discovery Procedures & The Postcapitalist Public Sphere

On March 19, 2021, Matrix presented a lecture by Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. Presented as part of the SSRC-sponsored research initiative, "Solidarity and Strife: Democracies in a Time of Pandemic.”

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Podcast

Interview

Published April 12, 2021

Matrix Podcast: Interview with Rebecca Herman

In this podcast, Michael Watts interviews Rebecca Herman, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley. Professor Herman's research and writing examine modern Latin American history in a global context. Her first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, reconstructs the history of U.S. military basing in Latin America during World War II.

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Podcast

Interview

Published March 30, 2021

Matrix Podcast: Interview with Brittany Birberick

In this episode, Professor Michael Watts interviews Brittany Birberick, an anthropology PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley — and a former Matrix Dissertation Fellow. Birberick's dissertation project focuses on urban transformation in Johannesburg, South Africa. More broadly, she writes and thinks about economies, migration, temporality, and aesthetics within an urban context.

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published March 15, 2021

Pandemic Lessons Assessing Educational Inequalities in the Wake of COVID-19

Presented by the University of California, Berkeley's Social Science Matrix on March 9, 2021, this video features an online panel discussion addressing what we have learned about educational inequalities after a year of pandemic-related school closures.

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Authors Meet Critics

Recap

Published March 15, 2021

Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica

Recorded on March 10, 2021, this video features a panel discussion about Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica, a book by Jovan Scott Lewis, Assistant Professor of Geography at UC Berkeley.

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Solidarity and Strife

Recap

Published February 28, 2021

The True Costs of Misinformation: Producing Moral and Technical Order in a Time of Pandemonium

Recorded on February 19, 2021, this video features a lecture by Joan Donovan, Research Director for the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.

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Authors Meet Critics

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Published February 19, 2021

Bloc by Bloc: How to Build a Global Enterprise for the New Regional Order

Joined by a panel of scholars, CLTC Faculty Director Steve Weber discussed his book, which outlines a framework for how firms should position themselves for the new economic geography.

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Podcast

Interview

Published February 13, 2021

Matrix Podcast: Interview with Clancy Wilmott

In this episode, Professor Michael Watts interviews Clancy Wilmott, Assistant Professor in Critical Cartography, Geovisualisation, and Design in the Berkeley Centre for New Media and the Department of Geography. Professor Wilmott comes to UC Berkeley from the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester, where she received her PhD in Human Geography with a multi-site study on the interaction between mobile phone maps, cartographic discourse, and postcolonial landscapes.

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Solidarity and Strife

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Published February 5, 2021

Measuring Belief in Fake News Online

Recorded on January 29, 2021, this video features Joshua A. Tucker, Professor of Politics at New York University. Tucker discussed his recent research, which focused on understanding how well can ordinary people do in identifying the veracity of news in real time.

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