2016 Program & Speakers

The Social Sciences Division held its 4th annual interdisciplinary Research Frontiers Evening on Thursday, October 19, 2016 at the Santa Cruz Veteran's Memorial Hall. The theme for the night was "Politics of Change?! Social Sciences Take on 2016."

Select audio recordings are are available to stream here.


  • Hesse

    Carla Hesse, Peder Sather Professor of History, Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley

    Hesse received a B.A. degree in history and French literature with honors from UC Santa Cruz in 1978. Her research interests include 16th-20th century European intellectual history. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.

    Title of talk: Is There a Revolution in the Social Sciences?

  • Track 1: The 99%

  • Bullock

    Heather Bullock, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Blum Center for Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance

    Bullock’s research focuses on women’s experiences of poverty, intersections of classism, sexism, and racism, and attitudes toward welfare and anti-poverty policies. She received her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from University of Rhode Island-Kingston.

    Title of talk: Chasing the "American Dream": Beliefs about Poverty and Wealth and the Politics of Rising Inequality

  • Singh

    Nirvikar Singh, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies, and Director for the Center for Analytical Finance

    Singh's current research topics include entrepreneurship, information technology and development, political economy, Indian Americans, and the Indian economy. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.

    Title of talk: The Other One Percent: Indians in America

  • Beaumont

    Elizabeth Beaumont, Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Legal Studies Program

    Beaumont’s research interests include American constitutional development and civic engagement. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.

    Title of talk: The Challenges of Dissent

  • Track 2: Changing Geographies: Climate, Mindfulness, Youth

  • Szasz

    Andrew Szasz, Professor of Environmental Studies

    Szasz’s research interests include environmental justice, the sociology of climate change, and the history of the American environmental movement. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Title of talk: The False Promise of Green Consuming

  • Mathiowetz

    Dean Mathiowetz, Associate Professor and Chair of Politics

    Mathiowetz’s research interests include the history of political thought and contemporary theories of democracy and citizenship. He received his Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley.

    Title of talk: How Might Meditation Foster Democratic Political Engagement?

  • Terriquez

    Veronica Terriquez, Associate Professor of Sociology

    Terriquez’s research interests include social inequality, civic participation, and youth transitions to adulthood. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA.

    Title of talk: Youth Leadership and the Transformation of California's Political Landscape