Skip to main content



  • Amy Binder

    Amy Binder

    Professor. PhD Northwestern 1998. Culture, movements, education, organizations.

  • Mary Blair-Loy

    Mary Blair-Loy

    Professor, Director, Center for Research on Gender in STEM. PhD Chicago. Sociology of gender, culture, inequality, work and organizations, family.

  • Michel Estefan

    Michel Estefan

    Assistant Teaching Professor. PhD UC Berkeley. Social theory, political sociology, law and society, comparative and historical methods, Latin America, inclusive and equitable pedagogy and teaching.

  • 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; Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences; Associate Dean of Social Sciences; Co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics. Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Science, Politics, Public Ethics

  • 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.

  • Neil Gong

    Neil Gong

    Assistant professor. PhD UCLA. Power and social control, sociology of medicine, social theory, STS, ethnographic methodology.
  • 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

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

  • Thomas Medvetz

    Thomas Medvetz

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

  • Daniel Navon

    Daniel Navon

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

  • Kwai Ng

    Kwai Ng

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

  • Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra

    Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra

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

  • Richard Pitt

    Richard Pitt

    Professor. PhD University of Arizona. Social psychology, religion, (higher) education, work and occupations, gender and family
  • Danielle Raudenbush

    Danielle Raudenbush

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

  • Vanesa Ribas

    Vanesa Ribas

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

  • Akos Rona-Tas

    Akos Rona-Tas

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

  • Gershon Shafir

    Gershon Shafir

    Distinguished 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. Science and innovation policy; education; work; immigration; political sociology; law and society.

  • April Sutton

    April Sutton

    Assistant Professor. PhD The University of Texas at Austin 2015. Social stratification, education, gender, and spatial inequalities.
  • Charles Thorpe

    Charles Thorpe

    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.

Emeritus Faculty

  • Richard Biernacki

    Richard Biernacki

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

    Rae Lesser Blumberg

  • Aaron Cicourel

    Aaron Cicourel

  • Jack Douglas

    Jack Douglas

    PhD Princeton 1969. Deviance, theory, social economics, history of social thought, field methods.
  • Jeffrey M. Haydu

    Jeffrey M. Haydu

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

    Rebecca Klatch

    Professor Emerita. PhD Harvard 1984. Sociology of gender, masculinities, sociology of family, social psychology/identities, race, American society, field research methods. Email:

  • Richard Madsen

    Richard Madsen

    Director of UC Fudan Center, Professor Emeritus. PhD Harvard 1977. Sociology of ideas/culture, sociology of religion, comparative sociology, Chinese society, "moral anthropology." Email:

  • Hugh "Bud" Mehan

    Hugh "Bud" Mehan

    Professor Emeritus. Discourse processes, sociology of education, educational inequalities. Email: Tel: 858-534-6765. Office: CRB 166 (CREATE).

  • David Phillips

    David Phillips

    Professor Emeritus. PhD Princeton 1970. Demography, epidemiology, medical errors, suicide, accidents, homicide, mass media. Email:

  • Andrew Scull

    Andrew Scull

    Emeritus Distinguished Professor. PhD Princeton 1974. Historical, psychiatry, medicine, social control, professions, theory.
  • Carlos Waisman

    Carlos Waisman

    Professor Emeritus. Political sociology, development, theory. Email:

  • Jacqueline Wiseman

    Jacqueline Wiseman

  • Leon Zamosc

    Leon Zamosc

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

Adjunct Faculty

  • Yen Le Espiritu

    Yen Le Espiritu


    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

    Mary L. Walshok

    Email: 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.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Isaac W. Martin

    Isaac W. Martin

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


  • Mohammad Bin Khidzer

    Mohammad Bin Khidzer


    Office: TBA | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 168E Sociology of Science

  • Brittany Birberick

    Brittany Birberick


    Office: TBA | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 172 Films and Society & SOCI 187 African Societies through Film

  • Michael Calderon-Zaks

    Michael Calderon-Zaks


    Office: SSB 418 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 127 Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, SOCI 133 Immigration in Comparative Perspective, & SOCI 151 Social Movement from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter


  • Jacob Hellman

    Jacob Hellman


    Office: SSB 465 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 30 Science, Technology, and Society

  • Charlene Holkenbrink-Monk

    Charlene Holkenbrink-Monk


    Office: TBA | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 110 Qualitative Research in Educational Settings

  • Troy Kokinis

    Troy Kokinis


    Office: TBA | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 188D Latin America: Society and Politics

  • Khasha Ostovany

    Khasha Ostovany


    Office: SSB 416 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 156 Sociology of Religion, SOCI 160 Sociology of Culture & SOCI 180 Social Movements and Social Protest

  • Christine Payne

    Christine Payne


    Office: SSB 417 | Office Hours: TBA 

    Spring 2023: SOCI 60 The Practice of Social Research & SOCI 135 Medical Sociology


  • Spencer Potiker

    Spencer Potiker


    Office: SSB 418 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 108 Survey Research Design

  • Julia Rogers

    Julia Rogers


    Office: SSB 467 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 104Q Qualitative Interviewing, SOCI 120 Sociology Through Literature & SOCI 162 Popular Culture


  • Sevin Sagnic

    Sevin Sagnic


    Office: SSB 417 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 125 Sociology of Immigration

  • Yael Shmaryahu-Yeshurun

    Yael Shmaryahu-Yeshurun


    Office: SSB 494 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 153 Urban Sociology

  • Michael Sicililiano

    Michael Sicililiano


    Office: TBA | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 104 Field Research: Methods of Participant Observation

  • Valerie Summers

    Valerie Summers


    Office: SSB 465 | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 146 Criminal Punishment

  • Brad Weinreb

    Brad Weinreb


    Office: TBD | Office Hours: TBD

    Spring 2023: SOCI 159 Special Topics: View from the Bench

Visiting Scholars

  • Brittany Birberick

    Brittany Birberick


    BA University of Chicago, 2012, Anthropology

    PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2021, Sociocultural Anthropology 


    Research Interests: South Africa, urban history and planning, infrastructure, political affect, African film and photography, ethnographic methods, gambling and speculation 

    I am a postdoctoral fellow for a Mellon funded project on Mobility, Temporality, and Africa’s Future Politics with the African Center for Migration Studies at the University of Witwatersrand and a visiting scholar in the department of sociology and AAASRC at UCSD. My research while at UCSD will focus on completing my first book manuscript, Paved with Gold, under the mentorship of Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette and Professor Ivan Evans. The project explores a part of Johannesburg, South Africa built on uncertainty and speculation through an anthropological and historical study of a single street in the neighborhood of Jeppestown. As a visiting scholar, I will also be editing a short ethnographic film adjacent to my larger project.

  • Yael Shmaryahu-Yeshurun

    Yael Shmaryahu-Yeshurun


    Postdoctoral Fellow Bar-Ilan University, 2021, Law

    PhD Ben-Gurion University, 2020, Administration and Public Policy

    MBA Ben-Gurion University, 2013, Business Administration in Social Leadership

    BA (BSW) Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010, Social Work and Social Welfare

    Research Interests: Urban Sociology, Urban planning, Political geography, Ethnicity, Nationalism, Qualitative Methods.

    I am a postdoctoral fellow for a Marie Skłodowska Curie funded project (MSCA) on class and ethnicity intersectionality in Latinx-led Gentrification Process in Barrio Logan, San Diego.

    The Fellowship is conducted at the University of California San Diego under the mentorship of Professor Gershon Shafir (Outgoing phase), and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the mentorship of Professor Avner De-Shalit, Political Science department (Return Phase).

    In my doctoral dissertation I investigates the connection between Nationalism and Neo-Liberalism in the Israelis’ Settlement Policy in the periphery and contested cities. I developed the term “State-Led Ethno-Gentrification” to describe the policy and its implications.

  • Qianfeng Wu

    Qianfeng Wu


    Visiting Scholar, University of CaliforniaSan Diego, Sociology, 2021-2022

    Ph.D in Progress, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, Sociology, 2016-Now

    B.A,  Central University of Finance and Economics,Beijing, China, International Politics, 2014


    Research Interests: Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Religion, Kam Studies, Qualitative Methods

    Publications: Qianfeng Wu , 2021, Living Wisdom, Social Capital and House Construction of Kam

    Village: A Study of the Housing Strategies of Traditional Village Residents in

    Ethnic Areas(1990-2020)(in Chinese), Journal of Sociological Studies(4):195-215