News & Events


The Dept. of Sociology will host commencement on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 9am in Zellerbach Hall. Commencement Speaker, Harry Edwards.


Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position: . A reasonable estimate for this position is $66,259 - $94,470.

Percent time: 17% to 100%

Meghna Mukherjee, a sociology Ph.D. candidate, explores how emerging reproductive and genetic technologies mirror societal inequalities. In 2020, she played a key role in launching the Social Science Research Pathways (SSRP) program at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. This program aims to equip undergraduate students with research skills, provide mentorship, and simultaneously assist graduate students with their research requirements in a more equitable manner.
PhD students Cathy Hu and Jasmine Sanders have been selected as Graduate Fellows at the Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI). 
PhD student Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya was awarded a $50,000 Dissertation Grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for a project titled, "Employee Activism: Mobilizing Workers as Corporate Stakeholders." 
PhD student Maria-Fátima Santos received two paper awards from the American Sociological Association for her paper: “Modernizing Leviathan: Carceral Reform and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Brazil’s Espírito Santo State.” American Sociological Review 87(5): 889-918.   - Political Sociology Section's Distinguished Article for Scholarly Contribution Award- Crime, Law & Deviance Section's James F. Short, Jr. Distinguished Article Award  
Computational Research for Equity in the Legal System (CRELS) is supported by a new $3M training grant from the National Science Foundation. Sociology Professors David Harding and Marion Fourcade are core training faculty, along with faculty from Statistics, Computer Science, the I-School, African-American Studies, Law, Public Policy, History, and Social Welfare.
PhD student Skyler Wang and a team of researchers at Meta AI announced and open-sourced a big foundational speech-to-speech translation AI model that can translate across 100 languages. 
Barrie Thorne’s Gender Play was a landmark study of the social worlds of primary school children that sparked a paradigm shift in our understanding of how kids and the adults around them contest and reinforce gender boundaries. Thirty years later, Gender Replay celebrates and reflects on this classic, extending Thorne’s scholarship into a new and different generation.
PhD student Daniel Lobo has published a Sage MethodsSpace blog post on "Why Black Representation in Data Science Training Matters"
PhD candidate Isaac Dalke has published a paper titled, "I Come before You a Changed Man: “Insight,” Compliance, and Refurbishing Penal Practice in California," in the journal Law & Social Inquiry.  Abstract:
The ‘Un-Becoming’: A former Eastside gang member finds his resurrection tale at UC Berkeley BERKELEY, Calif. —  Jessi Fernandez joined a street gang at 13. By his 20s, he had been shot at more times than he could count... [read more]
Undergraduate Advisor Cristina Rojas, herself a sociology major, discusses What Can You Do With a Sociology Degree? in a recent article in  U.S. News and World Report. 
Professor Michael Burawoy and PhD students Margaret Eby, Thomas Gepts, Justin Germain, Natalie Pasquinelli, and Elizabeth Torres Carpio published a series of papers on "Laboring in the Extractive University" in the journal Work and Occupations. [read more]
PhD students Alonzo Ackerman and Jenae Carpenter have been named Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Graduate Fellows by the Center for Study of Law and Society.  Alonzo will pursue a project titled, "The Origins of Collective Bargaining in Teachers’ Professional Associations in the U.S." Jenae will pursue a project titled, "'The Civilizing Mission': The Genesis of Hyperincarceration in Settler Colonial Australia." Congratulations Alonzo and Jenae!
Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Social Sciences, is this year's winner of the Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association. The award recognizes a scholar who has dedicated their career to enlarging “the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society.”
David Showalter (Berkeley PhD 2022) was awarded the ASA dissertation award for "Going Nowhere: The Social Life of Opioids in Backcountry California."
Kristen Nelson and Mario Castillo delivered the graduate student address at the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology’s spring 2023 commencement ceremony. See the Berkeley News story and listen to their speech. 
Sociology PhD student, Alinaya Fabros, wins the Frances Coles Summer Research Grant from the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Congratulations!
A well-argued and insightful NY Times article by Cihan Tugal
Great story in the Berkeley News about sociology major, Hatcher Parnell, who graduates this May!    
PhD Candidate Naniette Coleman has received the 2023 Outstanding Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award. Congratulations, Naniette!