Matrix Research Teams are groups of scholars who gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question of significance in the social sciences. Successful research teams integrate participants from several social-science disciplines and diverse ranks (i.e. faculty and graduate students); address a compelling research question with real-world significance; and deploy or develop appropriate methodologies in creative ways.
Social Science Matrix sponsors an array of multi-disciplinary research initiatives at UC Berkeley.
In addition to supporting researchers working across the UC Berkeley campus, Social Science Matrix conducts research initiatives to better understand the rapidly evolving social science landscape.
Social Science Matrix partners with a range of interdisciplinary research centers operating across the UC Berkeley campus. The relationship between Matrix and our affiliated centers differs among the various centers we partner with. We can provide affiliated centers with a robust platform of support, including administrative services, research development, communications, and other services, depending on each particular center's needs. To learn more about affiliation with Matrix, contact Associate Director, Eva Seto, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are digital technologies and the abundance of data upending social-science research? How should today's research institutions adapt to this new landscape? Led by Professor William Hanks, the Matrix Director's Seminar brings together an ecclectic range of scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss these and other crucial questions that are shaping social-science research for the 21st century.
The Matrix Solidarity Series features talks and panels that explore—and critique—the ethical foundations, concrete implementations, and prospective designs that have fostered or may foster connectedness, inclusiveness, and tolerance in a fragmented, exclusionary, and uncharitable world. These conversations are meant to serve as an argument on behalf of the premises and practices of solidarity, and an exposition of the potential of the social sciences to contribute to it.
Graduate students from UC Berkeley's Social Science Departments are invited to participate in the Social Science Matrix GRAD SLAM, which is modeled after the UC Grad Slam and Three-Minute Thesis competitions organized by universities around the world. Participants in this fun event can learn about each other's work, and forge connections across fields in a relaxed atmosphere. Participants are invited to give an informative, entertaining, and blistering three-minute summary of their dissertation. Visuals are encouraged; impenetrable jargon and extensive literature reviews are not.
UC Berkeley’s Social Science Matrix and Sciences Po, a premier university based in Paris, France, have developed a program to provide grants to encourage collaboration between scholars from the two institutions. Through the Matrix-Sciences Po Collaboration Grants program, each institution has committed to provide a pool of funding to enable graduate students and faculty members to work together on a cross-institutional basis.
Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley’s flagship center for cross-disciplinary social science research, will soon be publishing a series of digital monographs in collaboration the University of California Press (UC Press). The initial project plan is to produce between two to three manuscripts a year, each ranging in length between 150-250 pages. The monographs will be published as part UC Press’s new Luminos Open Access Book Series.