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.

Jonathan Simon

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Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society
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UC Berkeley

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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Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests:
National Elections, Public Opinion, Research Design, Statistical Methods

Professor Stoker received her Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the development and change of political beliefs, attitudes, and behavior, and employs data drawn from surveys and experiments. Specific topics include the moral, group, and self-interested basis of citizens' opinions on public policies; sources of short- and long-run change...

Robert Van Houweling

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Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
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....

Kim Voss

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Professor of Sociology
UC Berkeley

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