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.
Programs and Initiatives
Social Science Matrix sponsors an array of multi-disciplinary research initiatives at UC Berkeley.
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 invites proposals from faculty, graduate students, and UC Berkeley-affiliated researchers to form interdisciplinary reading groups for the 2019-2020 academic year. As UC Berkeley’s cross-disciplinary social science incubator, Matrix seeks to stimulate collaboration across the division and promote rigorous scholarly conversations that may lead to new avenues of inquiry.
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.
Social Science Matrix is partnering with Freie Universität, Berlin (FUB), a premier research university in Berlin, Germany, to provide travel funding for collaborative research and training between the two universities. UC Berkeley graduate students (Master’s or PhD), faculty, and staff members are eligible to participate.
Social Science Matrix invites proposals from faculty, graduate students, and UC Berkeley-affiliated researchers for single-session writing workshops for the 2019-2020 academic year. As UC Berkeley’s cross-disciplinary social science incubator, Matrix seeks to both support scholarly generation and promote interdisciplinary conversations. Pop-up Writing Workshops may be formed around any topic or theme. Workshops should focus on one or more in-progress, article-length publications.
Social Science Matrix's new "Authors Meet Critics" book series features lively discussions about recently published books by social scientists at UC Berkeley. For each event, the author will be joined in conversation by fellow scholars from diverse disciplines. These events are open to the public. Visit our Events Page for details about upcoming "Authors Meet Critics" events.