IGS has an interdisciplinary core faculty from political science, sociology, public policy, law, economics, history, ethnic studies, African American Studies, public health, social welfare, geography, city and regional planning, education, and environmental science, policy and management. Our faculty members lead seminars, organize conferences, and implement their research with the support of the Institute.

IGS Faculty Emeriti can be found on this page.

Paul Pierson

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John Gross Endowed Chair, Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
UC Berkeley
Research Interests:
Public Policy, Political Economy, American Politics

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory. His most recent books are Off-Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (with Jacob Hacker), Politics...

Bertrall Ross

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Professor of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law

Bertrall Ross’s research interests are driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and a methodological approach that integrates political theory and empirical social science into discussions of legal doctrine, the institutional role of courts, and democratic design. In the area of legislation, his current research seeks to address how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy...

Jesse Rothstein

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Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Department of Economics, UC Berkeley
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Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)

Jesse Rothstein is a professor of public policy and economics. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 2009. He spent the 2009-10 academic year in public service, first as Senior Economist at the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers and then as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. Earlier, he was assistant professor of economics...

Janelle Scott

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Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities
Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

Janelle Scott is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education and African American Studies Department. She holds the Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities. Scott earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and...

Jasjeet Sekhon

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Robson Professor of Political Science and Statistics
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley
Research Interests:
Program Evaluation, Statistical and Computational Methods, Causal Inference, Elections, Public Opinion, American Politics

Jasjeet S. Sekhon is Professor of Political Science and Statistics at University of California, Berkeley. His current research focuses on methods for causal inference in observational and experimental studies and evaluating social science, public health and medical interventions. Professor Sekhon has done research on elections, voting behavior and public opinion in the United States, multivariate...

Jonathan Simon

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Lance Robbins Professor of Criminal Justice Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
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Jonathan Simon joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2003 as part of the J.D., JSP, and Legal Studies programs. He teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, criminology, legal studies and the sociology of law.  

Simon’s scholarship concerns the role of crime and criminal justice in governing contemporary societies, risk and the law, and...

Ronit Y. Stahl

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Assistant Professor
Department of History, UC Berkeley

As a historian of modern America, my work focuses on pluralism in American society by examining how politics, law, and religion interact in spaces such as the military and medicine. My book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America(link is external) (Harvard University Press, 2017), traces the uneven processes...

Laura Stoker

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Professor of Political Science
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Research Interests:
National Elections, Public Opinion, Research Design, Statistical Methods

Laura Stoker is Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the development and change of political attitudes and behavior with a focus on family influences and generational change. She also writes on topics at the intersection of research design and statistics,...

Robert Van Houweling

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Associate Professor
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests:
Congress, Political Parties, Voting Behavior, Spatial Models of Candidate Competition, Experimental Methods

Professor Van Houweling studies political behavior and legislative institutions in the United States. Both aspects of his research are driven by an interest in better understanding the representational linkages between electorates and officeholders. He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1993 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003....

Leti Volpp

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Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice
Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley

Leti Volpp joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2005. She researches immigration and citizenship law with a particular focus on how law is shaped by ideas about culture and identity.  

Her most recent publications include “Protecting the Nation from ‘Honor Killings’: the Construction of a Problem” in Constitutional Commentary (2019), “Refugees Welcome?” in Berkeley La Raza...

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