Supporting Innovative Work in the Social Sciences

This new book series, sponsored by UC Berkeley's Social Science Matrix in collaboration with the University of California Press, seeks to exploit new developments both in the social sciences and in the nature of publishing to bring work on topics of critical importance by adventurous scholars to a wide audience in a timely manner. (To learn more about Social Science Matrix, visit our home page.)

In keeping with Matrix's goal of supporting innovative and collaborative work within the social sciences, the series is seeking content that transcends old disciplinary constraints and conventional categorizations to pursue multidisciplinary, self-aware, data-driven research from new perspectives—and report on that work in ways that reach well beyond conventional expectations and boundaries of scholarly publishing.

The series is open to conventional monographs, but we also would be interested in working with authors to develop some of their general ideas or most powerful findings into readable long-essay form. The editors plan to work closely with authors and to oversee an effective but swift editorial process.

As part of this venture, we hope to advance beyond conventional expectations for academic literature both in content and format and will lend all the support we can to our authors to produce such work.  

Fostering Rapid, Wide Dissemination of New Work

A central aim for the series is to help new work exploit new possibilities in publishing and distribution. Hence, we have partnered with the University of California Press and its Luminos Open Access publishing venture. Together we will make works in the series available rapidly throughout the world in digital form (while simultaneously offering the possibility of relatively cheap print-on-demand alternatives). In collaboration with UC Press, Matrix will disseminate authors’ work, deploying our communications platform to generate levels of publicity not typically available to scholarly publications.


Manuscripts will be accepted on an ongoing basis.


Social Science Matrix welcomes submissions of path-breaking work in the social sciences. Authors interested in publishing in this series should submit a cover letter and a proposal or manuscript to:

Eva Seto, Associate Director of Programs

Social Science Matrix

820 Barrows Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-1922

or by email to:


A proposal should contain:

  • A proposed title
  • An outline of the proposed manuscript’s arguments, and an account of why it is suitable for the Social Science Matrix Series
  • An annotated table of contents, laying out the content of each chapter
  • An account of how the book adds to existing literature on its subject
  • An overview of the intended audience for the book, with pointers to how it might best be marketed to reach them
  • The anticipated format length of the proposed manuscript, with an account of proposed tables, figures, or other illustrations and an indication of how it will fit within the design constraints of the Luminos series
  • A schedule for completion
  • A sample chapter or a paper on which the book will be based
  • A CV or résumé and brief biography for each author

Please note that limited design support will be provided prior to final publication. (Learn more from the Luminos series FAQ.)

Editorial proposal and manuscript review

In keeping with the series' goal of expediting publication, the editors will review proposals and manuscripts and respond as quickly as possible. 

Accepted manuscripts will be forwarded to University of California Press, who will also expedite the review process, using its own approved reviewers.

Manuscripts must adhere to the editorial and academic standards of the UC Press and the Academic Senate of the University of California.

Series Editors

  • Carla Hesse is Dean of Social Sciences and Peder Sather Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, and a member of the Social Science Matrix leadership. She is author of The Other Enlightenment: How French Women Became Modern (2001) and Publishing and Cultural Politics in Revolutionary Paris (1991), a member of the editorial board of Representation, as well as editor and co-editor of numerous collections of academic research.

  • William Hanks is Director of the Social Science Matrix, Professor of Anthropology, Affiliated Professor of Linguistics, and Berkeley Distinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is author of Intertexts: Writings on Language, Utterance and Context (1999), Language and Communicative Practices (1991), and Referential Practice: Language and Lived Space among the Maya (1990).

  • Paul Duguid is Adjunct Full Professor in the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley. He is co-author of The Social Life of Information (2000, with a new edition coming out in 2017) as well as editor of collections of scholarly writing and special issues of journals. He is a member of the Social Science Matrix Advisory Board. He has reviewed regularly for The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and The Threepenny Review.

Advisory Board

  • Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley. Comparative Historical Sociology; Religion and Politics
  • Marion Fourcade, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Economic Sociology
  • Jennifer Johnston-Hanks, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Population and Demography
  • Michael Watts, Professor Emeritus of Geography, UC Berkeley; Political Economy and Political Ecology
  • Steve Weber, Professor of Information, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Cybersecurity and Behavioral Economics