• Abigail Andrews

    Abigail Andrews

    Assistant Professor. PhD UC Berkeley. Globalization, development, gender, migration, political sociology, Latinos / Latin America, urban studies, social theory, qualitative methods.

  • Richard Biernacki

    Richard Biernacki

    Professor. PhD UC Berkeley 1988. Qualitative methodology, comparative-historical studies of Europe, culture, theory.

  • Amy Binder

    Amy Binder

    Professor, Director of Graduate Studies. PhD Northwestern 1998. Culture, movements, education, organizations.

  • Mary Blair-Loy

    Mary Blair-Loy

    Associate Professor, Founding Director, Center for Research on Gender in the Professions. PhD Chicago 1997. Sociology of gender, culture, inequality, work and organizations, family.

  • Ivan Evans

    Ivan Evans

    Professor, Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College. PhD Wisconsin 1986. African studies, political sociology, sociology of development, ethnic and race relations, social movements, sociology of the environment.

  • John H. Evans

    John H. Evans

    Professor, Associate Dean of Social Sciences. PhD Princeton 1998. Sociology of culture, knowledge, religion, medicine, bioethics, politics.

  • David FitzGerald

    David FitzGerald

    Professor, Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations and Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. PhD UCLA 2005. Law and society, international migration, political sociology, nationalism and ethnicity, comparative-historical and ethnographic methodology.

  • Harvey S. Goldman

    Harvey S. Goldman

    Professor. PhD UC Berkeley 1978. Theory, sociology of intellectuals and of knowledge, sociology of culture.

  • Jeffrey M. Haydu

    Jeffrey M. Haydu

    Professor. PhD UC Berkeley 1984. Social movements, comparative-historical methods, class relations, food.

  • Bennetta Jules-Rosette

    Bennetta Jules-Rosette

    Distinguished Professor & Director of the African & African-American Studies Research Center. PhD Harvard 1973. Sociology of religion, sociology of knowledge, sociology of culture, sociology of art, ethnographic film and media methods, African studies.

  • Lane Kenworthy

    Lane Kenworthy

    Yankelovich Endowed Chair Professor. PhD Wisconsin 1993. Comparative political economy, poverty, inequality, social policy, politics.

  • Martha Lampland

    Martha Lampland

    Professor. PhD Chicago 1987. Political economy, social and cultural history, science studies, Central Europe (Hungary).

  • Kevin Lewis

    Kevin Lewis

    Assistant Professor. PhD Harvard 2012. Culture, social networks, social psychology, inequality, family.

  • Isaac Martin

    Isaac Martin

    Professor, Vice Chair. PhD UC Berkeley 2003. Fiscal sociology, social movements, political sociology, social policy.

  • Thomas Medvetz

    Thomas Medvetz

    Associate Professor. PhD UC Berkeley 2007. Sociology of knowledge and intellectuals, classical and contemporary theory, political sociology, cultural sociology.

  • Daniel Navon

    Daniel Navon

    Assistant Professor. PhD Columbia 2013. Sociology of science and knowledge/STS, comparative-historical sociology, social theory, medical sociology, qualitative methods.

  • Kwai Ng

    Kwai Ng

    Associate Professor. PhD Chicago 2004. Sociology of law, sociology of language, social theory, religion.

  • Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra

    Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra

    Assistant Professor. PhD University of Edinburgh 2010. Economic sociology, sociology of markets, science and technology studies, cultural sociology, financial markets, art markets, public valuations, innovation.

  • Danielle Raudenbush

    Danielle Raudenbush

    Assistant Professor. PhD Chicago. Urban sociology, health and medicine, poverty and inequality, qualitative methods.

  • Vanesa Ribas

    Vanesa Ribas

    Assistant Professor. PhD North Carolina 2012. International migration, race relations, work.

  • Akos Rona-Tas

    Akos Rona-Tas

    Professor and Department Chair. PhD Michigan 1990. Economic sociology, uncertainty and risk, rational choice theory, comparative social stratification, survey research, methodology.

  • Andrew Scull

    Andrew Scull

    Distinguished Professor. PhD Princeton 1974. Historical, psychiatry, medicine, social control, professions, theory.

  • Gershon Shafir

    Gershon Shafir

    Professor. PhD UC Berkeley 1980. Comparative-historical sociology, nationalism, citizenship and globalization, Middle Eastern societies, theory.

  • John D. Skrentny

    John D. Skrentny

    Professor. PhD Harvard 1994. Political sociology, law and society, comparative-historical sociology, immigration, human rights, East Asia.

  • Charles Thorpe

    Charles Thorpe

    Associate Professor. PhD UC San Diego 2001. Social and political theory, sociology of knowledge and intellectuals, sociology of science and technology, Marxism, culture, ecology and society.

  • Christena Turner

    Christena Turner

    Associate Professor. PhD Stanford 1987. Japanese society, culture, everyday life, organizations, Chinese society, work.

  • Leon Zamosc

    Leon Zamosc

    Associate Professor. PhD University of Manchester-England 1983. Latin American societies, political economy, development, social movements, research methods, ethnicity, rural sociology.

Emeritus Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Yen Le Espiritu

    Email: yespiritu@ucsd.edu.

    Yen Espiritu received her Ph.D. from UC Los Angeles in 1990. She is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UCSD. Focusing on Asian America, her research has sought to challenge the homogeneous descriptions of communities of color and the narrowness of mutually exclusive binaries by attending to generational, ethnic, class, and gender variations within constructed racial categories. In particular, her work has called attention to the ways in which racialized ethnicity is relational rather than atomized and discrete and the ways in which group identities necessarily form through interaction with other groups "through complicated experiences of conflict and cooperation" and in structural contexts of power.

  • Mary L. Walshok

    Email: mwalshok@ucsd.edu. Office: UNEX Complex.

    Mary Walshok received her BA from Pomona College and her MA and PhD in sociology from Indiana University. Currently she is the associate vice chancellor for Extended Studies and Public Programs and professor of sociology. A thought leader on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth, she is the author of Blue Collar Women, Knowledge Without Boundaries, Closing America's Job Gap, and the forthcoming Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego's Entrepreneurial Economy. As an industrial sociologist she has researched various American regions for the US Department of Labor, NSF, and Lilly Foundation. Walshok is active on numerous community and national boards and is co-founder of CONNECT, one of the most admired innovation cluster development organizations in the world.

  • Brooke S. West

    Email: bswest@ucsd.edu 

    Brooke West has a MA in Sociology from Cornell University and a joint PhD in sociology and public health from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Brooke is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on the social determinants of HIV/STI and reproductive health among marginalized populations. Previous research includes a mixed methods study assessing how HIV risk environments for drug-using Malaysian fishermen were shaped by occupational context, social network relationships and conceptualizations of masculinity. In addition to her work in Malaysia, Dr. West has conducted HIV research with women involved in sex work in India, with migrant marketplace workers in Kazakhstan, and has looked at the intersection between gender, water/sanitation, and HIV health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining UCSD in 2014, she worked as the Principal Research Associate on a NIDA-funded study assessing changes over time in the HIV epidemic among injection drug users in 96 of the largest cities in the United States. 


  • Jericho Burg

    Email: jerichoburg@gmail.com

    Office: Social Sciences Building 463 Phone: (858) 822-3282

    Winter 2017:SOC 149 Sociology of the Environment

  • Andrea Dauber Griffin

    Email: asdaubergriffin@gmail.com

    Office: Social Science Building 463  Phone: (858) 822-3282

    Winter 2017: SOCI 143 Suicide

    Spring 2017: SOCI 144 Forms of Social Control

  • David González-Hernández

    Email: davidgonzalez@ucsd.edu

    TBA Office: TBD Social Science Building.

    Fall 2016. SOCI131 Sociology of Youth

  • Jack Jin Gary Lee

    Email: jackjin@ucsd.edu

    Office: 465 Social Science Building | Hours: TuTh 2:00p-3:00p

    Fall 2016. SOCI 147: Organizations, Society, and Social Justice 

  • Ivan Major

    Email: imajor@ucsd.edu

    Office: Social Sciences Building 489

    Winter 2017: SOCI 109 Statistical Analysis of Social Data

  • Cristin McVey

    Email: cmcvey@ucsd.edu

    Office: Social Sciences Building 467 Phone: (858) 534-0488

    Winter 2017: SOCI 184 Gender and Film

  • Jennifer Nations

    Jennifer Nations

    Email: jnations@ucsd.edu

    Office: 465 Social Science Building

    Spring 2017: SOCI 152: Social Inequality and Public Policy (xUSP 133)

  • Lisa Nunn

    Email: lmnunn@ucsd.edu

    Office: 463 Social Science Building.

    Fall 2016. SOCI 119: Sociology of Sexuality and Sexual Identities


  • David Pinzur

    Email: dpinzur@ucsd.edu 

    Office: 467 Social Science Building | Hours: F 9:30a-11:00a

    Fall 2016. SOCI 137: Sociology of Food

    Winter 2017. SOCI 104Q: Qualitative Interviewing

    Spring 2017. SOCI 112: Social Psychology

  • Heidi Schneider

    Heidi Schneider

    Email: hschneid@ucsd.edu 

    Office: 465 Social Science Building | Hours: Tu 4:30p-5:30p

    Fall 2016 SOCI 115: Social Problems | SOCI 142: Social Deviance

    Winter 2017 SOCI 127: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

    Spring 2017 SOCI 20: Social Change in the Modern World

  • Valerie Summers

    Email: valerie.summers@sdcda.org

    Office: 467 Social Science Building | Hours: TBD

    Fall 2016 SOCI 141: Crime and Society

Visiting Scholars

  • Jing Chen

    Post-Doctoral Scholar

    Appointment Dates: June 27, 2016 - June 26, 2017

    Faculty Sponsor: Martha Lampland 

    Email: jic030@ucsd.edu

    Area of Expertise: Economical Criminal Law

    Home Institution: Institute of Law of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

  • Inyi Choi

    Visiting Scholar Researcher

    Appointment Dates: March 2, 2017 - February 15, 2018

    Faculty Sponsor: Jeffrey Haydu

    Email: soc-ichoi@ucsd.edu

    Area of Expertise: Labor Relations

    Home Institution: Chungnam National University - Associate Professor, Sociology Department

  • Ernst Dieter Urban

    Visiting Scholar Researcher

    Appointment Dates: September 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

    Faculty Sponsor: Akos Rona-Tas

    Email: dieter-urban@ucsd.edu

    Area of Expertise: Integrated Linear Modeling

    Home Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany - Professor, Sociology Department;  Institute for Social Sciences at University of Stuttgart, Germany - Director

  • Shaozhe Zhang 张少哲

    • Visiting Graduate Student

      Appointment Dates: September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017

      Faculty Sponsor: Richard Madsen

      Email: shz256@ucsd.edu

      Area of Expertise: Elder quality of life in China & America

      Home Institution: PhD Candidate, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China.