News & Events


The Dept. of Sociology hosted 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%

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!
Aja Antoine-Jones wins Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship for her project on Policing, Pollution, Plague: Breath and Death in an Unequal Society. Congratulations, Aja!
Professor Cristina Mora and Professor Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz are in the news discussing their efforts to advance and support Latinx research at UC Berkeley.
Sociology undergraduate Monica Gao’s paper entitled “A Marker of Assimilation?: Comparison between Chinese and Indian Immigrant Parents’ Naming Practices” has been selected as the first-place winner from Alpha Kappa Delta
UC Provost and Berkeley Sociologist Katherine Newman was on KQED's Forum talking about her new co-authored book Moving the Needle: What Tight Labor Markets Do for the Poor (UC Press) You can listen to the interview here.  
Dr. Laleh Behbehanian was one of this year's recipients of the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award! 
Sociology major and Sotira founder Amrita Bhasin discusses representation in the tech and startup world in an article for The Berkeleyan.
Congratulations to Monica Gao and Sanjana Manjeshwar for being selected to receive the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research! Each year, the Institute of Governmental Studies awards four Charles H. Percy grants to UC Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy.
Congratulations to Isaac Dalke for being selected to receive a Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship! The Synar Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students who are writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics, which may include comparative research across nations with the United States as a major case.  
Daniel Aldana Cohen argues that planning the withdrawal from Miami would force other places to get serious about hosting climate migrants, while Samantha Schuyler says Miami can still become a model of adaptation. Should We Start Preparing for the Evacuation of Miami?
On January 20, 2023 Danny Thongsy's stor was published by Berkeley News. The message is about his journey through the school to prison and deportation pipeline.   Student Danny Thongsy: We can look within ourselves to find strength and persevere:
Michaela Simmons, Berkeley PhD 2021, has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Wisconsin. Congratulations Michaela! 
Santiago Molina, Berkeley PhD 2021, and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and the Science in Human Culture Program at Northwestern University has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Northwestern University. Congratulations Santiago!