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. Matrix teams may address any social science research question, theoretical or empirical, drawing on any of the social sciences.
Programs and Initiatives
Social Science Matrix sponsors an array of multi-disciplinary research initiatives at UC Berkeley.
Social Science Matrix Working Groups, Spring 2020
Social Science Matrix is currently reviewing proposals from faculty, graduate students, and researchers for interdisciplinary working groups for Spring 2020. As UC Berkeley’s cross-disciplinary incubator, Matrix seeks to encourage scholarly collaboration across and beyond the social science division and facilitate rigorous explorations of emerging research areas.
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 discuss the key arguments of their book with fellow scholars. These events are free and open to the public. Visit our Events Page for details about upcoming "Authors Meet Critics" events.
Matrix On Point is a new “brown bag” series promoting focused, cross-disciplinary conversations on today’s most pressing contemporary issues—topics such as Brexit, climate change, voting rights, and food security. Offering opportunities for scholarly exchange and interaction, each Matrix On Point will feature the perspectives of leading scholars and specialists from different disciplines, followed by an open conversation. These thought-provoking events are free and open to the public.
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.
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 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.
Led by Social Science Matrix Interim Director Michael Watts, Emeritus "Class of 1963" Professor of Geography and Development Studies at UC Berkeley, Dissertation Proposal Development Workshops aim to help graduate students from departments within the social science division to formulate realistic and rigorous dissertation proposals that are mindful of how their work pertains to a broader interdisciplinary field.
Graduate students from UC Berkeley's Social Science Departments are invited to participate in the UC Berkeley Grad Slam, a UC-sponsored competitive speaking event designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience. This is a unique opportunity for graduate students who are engaged in substantive original research projects to develop skills communicating their academic research — while making their work visible to academic, media, and private and public sector leaders from across the state.
Graduate Student Research Associates serve limited-term appointments during the academic year. As UC Berkeley’s flagship institute for cross-disciplinary social science research, Matrix believes that social science inquiry contributes relevant and actionable knowledge, not only about the social world, but also about the university and the generation of knowledge.