The Institute has a number of centers (described below) that initiate multidisciplinary research projects in addition to a variety of other activities including the development of research monographs, colloquia and conferences, data archiving, and training workshops and programs. In addition to the work of its research centers, ISSI sponsors projects on a range of topics related to the study of societal issues and has provided seed funding for faculty research.
Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies encourages and nurtures comparative scholarship on right-wing movements both in the US and abroad during the 20th and 21st centuries. The center promotes research, publishes research findings, supports graduate and undergraduate training, and sponsors conferences, colloquia and other public events that bring together leading scholars to share new research and engage in interdisciplinary dialog related to this field of study.
Lawrence Rosenthal, Chair
The Berkeley Center for Social Medicine engages the intersection of social systems, social difference, health and health care in the United States and across the globe. The Center links to the discipline of social medicine internationally by bringing together Bay Area scholars from the social and historical sciences who are working on questions related to medicine, the health sciences, public health, global health, the social structuring of suffering, violence and the body. The Center promotes research, multidisciplinary writing projects, graduate and undergraduate training, as well as conferences, colloquia and other events that engage broad publics.
Seth M. Holmes, Co-Chair
Charles Briggs, Co-Chair
Center for Ethnographic Research is devoted to research involving direct observation of social interaction in urban areas. Research using the three traditions of direct observation (positivist, symbolic interaction, and ethnomethodology) are represented within the center. Current projects include violence in schools, work strategies among poor youth in Iran and Morocco, sacrifice among US armed service families, health behavior among the elderly poor, Palestinians in refugees camps, and the influence of ethnicity and religion on Arab American business networks.
Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Chair
Center for Latino Policy Research sponsors research efforts that have a direct policy impact on the Latino/Chicano population in the United States. Recent research initiatives supported by the center have focused on issues related to education, immigration, the political and economic integration of various generations of Latinos, the health status of Latino populations in the US, and policy formulation and evaluation related to US Latinos.
Center for Research on Social Change (formerly Institute for the Study of Social Change) develops interdisciplinary research initiatives that examine the factors promoting and inhibiting social change in the United States and abroad. A major focus of the Center is how immigration, globalization, economic restructuring, and development of new technologies have shaped and changed the structure and culture of various spheres within societies throughout the world.
Chris Zepeda-Millán, Chair
Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues provides the people of Indian country with pragmatic research products that can be employed to improve the quality of life on Indian reservations across the U.S. The Center fulfills this mission by engaging in collaborative research projects, providing technical assistance and training; and sponsoring colloquia and other events open to the public on issues of concern to Native communities.
Joseph Myers, Co-chair
Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Co-chair