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.

Sarah Anzia

Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Policy
UC Berkeley

Sarah Anzia studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, elections, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her book, Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups, examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn,...

Leonardo R. Arriola

Associate Professor of Political Science
UC Berkeley

Leonardo R. Arriola is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on democratization, coalition politics, ethnic politics, and political violence in developing countries. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, and Zambia. 

His current projects include the...

Terri Bimes

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Political Science
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Terri Bimes is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, teaching courses on the presidency and the senior honor thesis writing seminar.  Her past publications include articles on populism and presidential elections. She also directs the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program. 

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

Born in New York City and raised in Denver, Colorado, I received my bachelor's degree from Brown University(link is external) in 1989. I then taught social studies at Lafayette High School (link is external)in Brooklyn, New York from 1990 through 1994, after which I headed to Stanford University(link is external), where I earned my Ph.D....

David A. Carrillo

Lecturer in Residence; Executive Director, California Constitution Center
Berkeley Law School

David A. Carrillo joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the founding Executive Director of the California Constitution Center in 2012. The center is devoted to developing scholarship concerning the California Constitution and the California Supreme Court.

In October 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Dr. Carrillo to a four-year term on the California Law Revision Commission.


Karen Chapple

Professor of City & Regional Planning, Carmel P. Friesen Chair
UC Berkeley
College of Environmental Design
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...

Jack Citrin

Heller Professor of Political Science
UC Berkeley
Department of Political Science
Research Interests:
Political Sociology and Nationalism

Jack Citrin, Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and former director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in China and Japan. A graduate of McGill University (1961), he received the Sir Geoffrey Dawson Scholarship to study at the Institut d'Études Politiques de...

John Aubrey Douglass

Senior Research Fellow
Center for Studies in Higher Education
UC Berkeley

John Aubrey Douglass is Senior Research Fellow and Research Professor - Public Policy and Higher Education at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California - Berkeley. He is the author of Neo-Nationalism and Universities (forthcoming 2021), Envisioning the Asian New Flagship University: Its Past and Vital Future (with John...

Cybelle Fox

Chair and Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Cybelle Fox received a B.A. in history and economics from UC San Diego in 1997 and a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Harvard University in 2007. Her main research interests include race and ethnic relations, the American welfare state, immigration, historical sociology, and political sociology. Her most recent book, Three Worlds of Relief...