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Russell Sage Foundation-Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Tolani Britton and Tina Sacks

Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC)-affiliated faculty Tolani Britton and CRSC Faculty Chair Tina Sacks are among the eighteen scholars to receive awards in the Pipeline Grants Competition sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF), in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Read about their projects, on high school counselors and health disparities, respectively, here.

In a De-funded Health System, Doctors and Nurses Suffer Near-Impossible Conditions

Seth Holmes' March 29, 2020 article in Salon shares the experiences of many doctors and nurses trying to care for their patients despite critical shortages. Holmes and co-author Liza Buchbinder show that when our leaders de-fund the health system that protects us all, millions of doctors, nurses, patients, and families are put at risk. Holmes is Co-Chair of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

Summer Workshops in Ethnography

CER hosts two different workshops this summer. The Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods provides mentorship and hands-on research experience for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates. This six-week workshop from June 15-July 24, 2020 provides students with intense methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. This workshop will be done either in-person or virtually, depending on the public health guidelines. The Intensive Ethnography Workshop is designed for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals. This weeklong workshop from August 2-7, 2020 provides mentorship and advanced training in designing and executing a project using participant observation. 


What the “Global North” needs to learn about COVID-19

In this blog post in British Medical Journal Global Health, Sriram Shamasunder and co-authors discuss concrete steps that can be taken and the many lessons that U.S. health workers can learn from their international colleagues around the world. Professor Shamasunder is an affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.

Misdiagnosis, Mistreatment, and Harm — When Medical Care Ignores Social Forces

In the March 19, 2020 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Seth Holmes and his co-authors argue against former University of Pennsylvania Dean of Medical Education Stanley Goldfarb, who wrote that social justice should not be included in medical training. In the article, they argue the importance of social forces to health and health care, and that ignoring social forces leads to misdiagnosis, mistreatment and harm. Holmes is Co-Chair of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.

Mini-grants for Right-Wing Studies

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies invites UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students to apply for small grants to assist with the development of student research projects on issues related to right-wing movements in the U.S. or other regions of the world. Applications are due on Monday, March 9th, 2020 at 4pm. Application and more details are available here.

Racial and Political Attitudes in California

Professors Cristina Mora and Tianna Paschel, CRSC affiliated faculty members, have received a second year of funding from the Russell Sage Foundation for their project, California Color Lines: Racial and Political Attitudes in the Age of Precariousness. This mixed method study was originally funded with an ISSI seed grant.  The project leverages the political and geographic diversity of California to analyze how Californians make sense of race and class in the present context of increasing economic precariousness and political polarization. Using survey data and interviews with Californians from different regions, Mora and Paschel also investigate how place shapes the economic and political experiences of belonging and exclusion.

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Call for Papers: Conference on Right-Wing Studies & Conference for Research on Male Supremacism

ISSI's Center for Right-Wing Studies and the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism are pleased to announce a general call for papers for a joint conference. The 2nd annual Conference on Right-Wing Studies and Inaugural Conference for Research on Male Supremacism will take place August 5-6, 2020 in Berkeley, CA. Papers on all topics related to the Right as a social, political, or intellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day are welcome, and in addition there will be a special conference track focused on the burgeoning area of research on male supremacism. Participants will have the rare opportunity to join an expanding network of scholars who conduct research on the right-wing and on male supremacism, facilitating the development of this interdisciplinary field and future collaborations that emerge from these connections. 

We invite proposals for panels and paper presentations from faculty, graduate students, independent scholars, and others whose work addresses the study of the Right. Individual paper proposals should consist of a title and 500-word abstract. Panel proposals should include a title and a 500-word panel abstract, as well as titles and brief abstracts for all papers; discussants and chairs are welcome, but not mandatory. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted hereBoth are due by February 10, 2020.


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Support ISSI this week!

This week is the Big Give, a campus-wide fundraising campaign. Please support ISSI to foster interdisciplinary research on the topics that shape our world today. You can direct your support to any of the ISSI centers or programs. Thank you!

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Call for Applications: 2020-21 Graduate Fellows Program

ISSI is currently seeking applications for the 2020-21 Graduate Fellows Program. UC Berkeley doctoral students who have completed at least three years of graduate studies are eligible to apply. We are looking for students who are interested in substantive issues related to contemporary processes of social change in U.S. cities and/or those whose research promotes the well-being of Native communities. Applications due March 30. Read more about the program and download an application here.

Video-conference workshop regarding the program will take place on Friday, 3/13 from 12:10-1. Please join via Zoom Meeting: Or, if you prefer to call in: +1 669 900 6833 - Meeting ID: 998 100 525. Participating in the workshop is encouraged but not required.


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