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.

Gabriel Lenz

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Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
UC Berkeley
Research Interests:
Elections, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Political Economy

Amy E. Lerman

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Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Charles and Louis Travers Department of Political Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy
Co-Director
The People Lab

Professor Amy E. Lerman is a political scientist who studies issues of race, public opinion, and political behavior, especially as they relate to punishment and social inequality in America. She is the author of two books on the American criminal justice system—The Modern Prison Paradox and Arresting Citizenship (awarded a best book award from the...

Jovan Lewis

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Assistant Professor of Human Geography
UC Berkeley
Founder/Director, Berkeley Black Geographies Project

Jovan Scott Lewis is assistant professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.  He co-leads the Economic Disparities research cluster in Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute. He received his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics. Jovan’s research is concerned with the articulations of racialized poverty, which he examines through questions of...

Elizabeth Linos

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Faculty Director
The People Lab

Elizabeth Linos is a behavioral scientist and public management scholar. The majority of her research focuses on how to improve government by focusing on its people. Specifically, her studies consider how we can improve diversity in recruitment and selection, how to reduce burnout at work, and how different work environments affect performance and motivation in...

Cecilia Mo

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Associate Professor of Political Science
UC Berkeley

Cecilia Hyunjung Mo is an associate professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. She is also an associate professor of public policy (by courtesy) at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. She specializes in behavioral political economy, comparative political behavior, the political economy of development, and social policy research. She focuses on...

Rachel Morello-Frosch

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Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Community Health Sciences
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

Rachel Morello-Frosch is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. For over 20 years, her research has examined social determinants of environmental health among diverse communities with a focus on inequality, psychosocial stress and how these factors interact with environmental chemical exposures...

Osagie K. Obasogie

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Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics
UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program, Community Health Sciences

Osagie K. Obasogie is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health. Obasogie’s scholarly interests include Constitutional law, bioethics, sociology of law, and reproductive and genetic technologies. His writings have spanned both academic and public audiences, with journal articles...

Laura E. Pérez

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Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies
UC Berkeley
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Laura E. Pérez is Chair of the new interdisciplinary and transAmericas research hub, the Laitnx Research Center, formerly the Center for Latino Policy Research.  She is author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Duke University Press, 2007) in which she theorized decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities while achiving the work of...

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...

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