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About the Citrin Center

The Citrin Center engages in nonpartisan, multidisciplinary research across a wide range of topics, seeking to shed light on some of the most important long-term issues facing California and the nation. The Center engages in cutting-edge research, organizes conferences to bring together top scholars, supports research conducted by affiliated faculty members and graduate students, and conducts original polling. The Berkeley IGS Poll is housed within the Citrin Center. 

About Jack Citrin

The Citrin Center honors the career and legacy of Professor Jack Citrin, a leading expert on public opinion research who served as Director of IGS from 2007 to 2017.

Citrin, who has spent more than 50 years on the Berkeley campus as both a student and faculty member, received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1970, and during more than 40 years on the faculty focused much of his research agenda on various aspects of public opinion and political identity. He is an internationally recognized expert on topics such as trust in government, the initiative process in California, immigration and language politics, and the future of national identity in the United States and Europe.

Citrin’s writings include American Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism, with David O. Sears; How Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Shape the California Electorate, with Ben Highton; and California and the American Tax Revolt. With Nathaniel Persily and Patrick Egan, he is editor and co-author of Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy. Professor Citrin has testified as an expert before legislative committees and served on Advisory Committees of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004-05 was a finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award, the most prestigious honor for teaching on the Berkeley campus, and upon his retirement in 2017 was presented with the Berkeley Citation, whose contributions to UC Berkeley go beyond the call of duty and whose achievements exceed the standards of excellence in their fields. 

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The Citrin Lecture

Each year a distinguished scholar in the field of public opinion research will deliver a major lecture on the Berkeley campus, bringing to the faculty, students and visitors of the University a broad-based perspective on this important intellectual field.

The Citrin Conference

Each year the Center organizes a conference on some aspect of public opinion research, inviting leading scholars from across the country to address this issue.