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.

Richard Abrams

Professor (Emeritus)
Department of History
Research Interests:
modern U.S. history, government-business relations, political economy of industrial societies, and the history of deregulation

Sarah Anzia

Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Policy
UC Berkeley

Mark Bevir

Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for British Studies
UC Berkeley
Department of Political Science
Research Interests:
Political Theory, Public Policy, Methodology

Mark Bevir is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Professor in the Graduate School of Governance, United Nations University (MERIT), and a Distinguished Research Professor in the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

Born and raised in London, Mark received his


Terri Bimes

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Political Science
Research Interests:
American Politics

Terri Bimes (Ph.D., Yale University) is a lecturer in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science and assistant research director at the Institute of Governmental Studies. As a lecturer, she teaches courses on the presidency and the senior honors thesis writing seminar.  Her past publications include articles on populism and presidential elections. At...

Irene Bloemraad

Professor of Sociology and Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Sociology
Research Interests:
Immigration, political sociology, race & ethnicity, social movements, nationalism, research methods, Canada

Irene Bloemraad is an associate professor of Sociology and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at Berkeley. Her research focuses on how immigrants become incorporated into political bodies and the consequences of their presence on politics and understandings of membership. She is the author of Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in...

Mark Brilliant

Associate Professor
Department of History and Program in American Studies
UC Berkeley
Research Interests:
20th century U.S.; comparative civil rights (with a focus on politics and law); the American West; American education

Karen Chapple

Professor of City & Regional Planning, Carmel P. Friesen Chair
College of Environmental Design
UC Berkeley
Research Interests:
Community and economic development, regional planning, and planning and economic analysis methods

Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Chapple specializes in housing, community and economic development, as well as regional planning.  She has most recently published on job creation on industrial land (in Economic Development Quarterly) and accessory dwelling units as a smart...