New faculty joining the Division of Social Sciences in the 2015/16 academic year

September 30, 2015

The Division of Social Sciences welcomes 10 new faculty members joining this academic year. The new hires help build campus strengths in many key areas across the division. Below is a list of the senate faculty members who start within this academic year, as well as some of their research summaries. View new senate faculty members across all divisions here.

Hillary Angelo, assistant professor
Angelo is a sociologist who uses visual, historical, and ethnographic methods to examine the interaction between ideas about nature and processes of urbanization. Her interests include urban greening, infrastructure, social theory, and the politics of urban sustainability in Germany and the United States.

Elizabeth Beaumont, associate professor
Beaumont’s research focuses on American constitutionalism as well as civic engagement and education. She is currently studying precursors to the U.S. civil rights movement and the tradition of civil disobedience.

Chris Benner, professor
Environmental Studies & Sociology
Benner's research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment.

Rebecca Covarrubias, assistant professor
As a social and cultural psychologist, Covarrubias’s research examines how dominant representations of race, gender, and social class in health and school contexts shape the daily experiences and self-understanding (e.g., performance, belonging, well-being, self-concept) of underrepresented and diverse individuals, including Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and working-class people

Lindsey Dillon, assistant professor
Dillon is a geographer with research interests in urban environments and social justice. Her research questions, methods, and analysis are deeply engaged with political ecology, feminist geography, critical race theory, and science and technology studies.

Madeleine Fairbairn, assistant professor
Environmental Studies
Fairbairn is an environmental sociologist whose research examines the political economy of land ownership and agricultural production.

Natalia Lazzati, assistant professor
Lazzati’s research areas are mainly economic theory and econometrics, including experimental economics. Her current projects provide microeconomic foundations for the empirical analysis of games.

Kristian Lopez Vargas, assistant professor
Lopez Vargas’s research fields are behavioral economics and experimental economics. In recent years, he has worked on risk attitudes and their interplay with fairness concerns; procurement and multiunit auctions; and communication in bargaining environments.

Tsim Schneider, assistant professor
Schneider is an anthropological archaeologist investigating the interactions between California Indians and colonial institutions. He is specifically interested in the practices of native people living beyond the walls of Spanish missions.

Veronica Terriquez, associate professor
Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Terriquez’s research focuses on social inequality, civic engagement, and youth transitions to adulthood. Much of her research has implications for policies affecting low-income, immigrant, and Latino communities.

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