Graduate Division

Social Ecology Ph.D.

Section 1

Overview

The Social Ecology (SE) Core Program provides flexible scholarly pathways for graduate students to develop a thorough understanding of social and environmental problems, including the acquisition of skills to conduct research driving solutions to these problems. Three distinct approaches are emphasized:

  • fostering a multi-disciplinary understanding of social and environmental problems
  • delineating how these problems influence and are influenced by the multi-layered contexts in which they are situated
  • using multi-disciplinary research to impact policies and practices designed to solve such
  • problems

These approaches are integrated into a curriculum customized to meet the scholarly and career
aspirations of individual graduate students.

What Sets Us Apart?

Unlike traditional graduate programs in most academic disciplines, the SE Core Program provides exciting opportunities for graduate students to customize a more flexible program of study addressing pressing social and environmental problems. Five courses are required and the remaining six electives allow students to tailor their coursework to meet their own scholarly interests and achieve their self-defined career goals, academic or non-academic.

Besides flexibility and student-centered programs of study, the SE Core Program allows students to assemble advisory committees consisting of faculty from different departments in the School, as well as departments across the university. This opportunity is consistent with the Program’s multi-disciplinary emphasis and its aim to cultivate a deep appreciation of team science in addressing problems facing our society.

These committees work closely with students, counseling them on writing scholarly manuscripts that satisfy the second-year paper requirement and the two additional papers that satisfy the
third-year breath requirement. These committees also work with students to craft a final dissertation. Students are strongly encouraged to treat these requirements as opportunities to produce publishable papers making impactful contributions to the scientific literature on social and environmental problems.

An additional distinctive emphasis of the SE Core Program is its insistence that solving such problems requires an understanding of the complex and dynamic interaction between individuals, groups and the multi-dimensional environments in which they exist, extending from the natural environment to the built, sociocultural, and virtual environments of everyday life.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

6 years

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Students should submit their complete application file including the application form, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. For specific application deadlines, please contact your department of interest. Please click here for more information.


General requirements for admission include the completion of a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent.

1) Complete and submit your Application for Admission online

  • Most of our graduate programs require the submission of a GRE score. The UCI institution code is 4859.
  • If you have not earned a diploma or advanced degree within a country where English is the primary or dominant language,then you are required to submit English-proficiency test scores (TOEFL or IELTS). The UCI institution code is 4859.
  • All applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose and a Personal History Statement.

Please visit the Graduate Division website for more information.

2) Submit your non-refundable application fee ($105 for U.S. Citizens & lawful U.S. Permanent Residents and $125 for all other applicants)

  • Application Fee can be paid by credit card only; checks will not be accepted.
  • Fee waivers are available

After submitting the application fee, your application will be processed and you will receive e-mail confirmation.

3) Provide three letters of recommendation

  • Letters of Recommendation letters must be uploaded digitally –  paper LORs will not be accepted.
  • Letters that speak to your academic and/or professional achievement, describe your strengths and weaknesses, and comment on your character, integrity and motivation are especially useful.

Additional information regarding letters of recommendation can be found here.

4) Scan and upload transcripts to the online application from all institutions attended since high school.

  • Upload both the FRONT and the BACK side of the transcript.
  • Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following:
    • your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend.
  • DO NOT send official transcripts until they are requested.

5) Any supplemental materials your program requests may be uploaded to the online application.

If you have any technical difficulties submitting your application, email webmaster@rgs.uci.edu or call 949-824-6363.

Financial Support

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Richard Arum, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education; Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology


Dean B. Baker, M.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health


Scott Bartell, Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Social Ecology; Statistics


Hillary Berk, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Lecturer of Criminology, Law and Society (sociology of law/law and society, gender, family, reproduction and surrogacy, law and emotion, civil rights, dispute resolution)


Arnold Binder, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society (research methodology, juvenile delinquency, police organization and methods)


Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences; Pharmaceutical Sciences (gene regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in vertebrate development physiology, endocrine disruption)


Stephen C. Bondy, Ph.D. University of Birmingham, Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Pharmacology; Program in Public Health


Jessica Borelli, Ph.D. Yale University, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (developmental, psychopathology, parent-child relationships and child anxiety, attachment relationships)


Lee Cabatingan, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (Caribbean law and sovereignty; construction of authority at the Caribbean Court of Justice)


Lawrence F. Cahill, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior; Psychology and Social Behavior


Vincent J. Caiozzo, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Professor in Residence of Orthopaedic Surgery; Environmental Health Sciences; Physiology and Biophysics


Kitty C. Calavita, Ph.D. University of Delaware, Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society (sociology of law, criminology, social deviance, immigration, inequality)


Belinda Campos, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies; Psychology and Social Behavior (culture, relationships, positive emotion, health)


Elizabeth E. Cauffman, Ph.D. Temple University, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Criminology, Law and Society; Education; School of Law (adolescent development, mental health, juvenile justice, legal and social policy)


Jefferson Chan, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences


Susan T. Charles, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion)


Chuansheng Chen, Ph.D. University of Michigan, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Education (cross-cultural psychology, adolescent development, cognitive neuroscience, genes and behavior)


Jacqueline Chen, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (experimental social psychology, diversity and intergroup relations, social cognition, cultural psychology)


Bongkyoo Choi, Sc.D. University of Massachusetts, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health


Simon A. Cole, Ph.D. Cornell University, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; History; School of Law (science, technology, law, criminal justice)


Susan C. Coutin, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Anthropology; Religious Studies (law, culture, immigration, human rights, citizenship, political activism, Central America)


Thomas J. Crawford, Ph.D. Harvard University, Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior (attitude theory and social problems research)


Elliott P. Currie, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (criminal justice policy in the U.S. and other countries, causes of violent crime, social context of delinquency and youth violence, etiology of drug abuse and assessment of drug policy, race and criminal justice)


Teresa A. Dalton, Ph.D. University of Denver, Lecturer with Security of Employment of Criminology, Law and Society (quantitative methodology, criminology, law and social sciences)


Amy Dent, Ph.D. Duke University, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment of Psychology and Social Behavior (theoretical and methodology approaches to self-regulation in academic contexts)


Joseph DiMento, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society; Paul Merage School of Business; Urban Planning and Public Policy (planning, land use and environmental law, use of social science in policy making, legal control of corporate behavior)


Peter H. Ditto, Ph.D. Princeton University, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (social psychology, judgment and decision making, political and moral reasoning)


John D. Dombrink, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology (crime and criminal justice, deviance and social control)


C. David Dooley, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior (community psychology, epidemiology, economic change)


Greg Duncan, Ph.D. University of Michigan, UCI Distinguished Professor of Education; Economics; Psychology and Social Behavior (economics of education, program evaluation, child development)


Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences (combustion, optical particle sizing, particle aero-dynamics, laser diagnostics and spectroscopy)


Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, UCI Distinguished Professor of Education; Psychology and Social Behavior (academic motivation and achievement, school and family influences on adolescent development, gender and ethnicity in STEM fields)


Rufus D. Edwards, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology


Michelle Fortier, Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Assistant Professor in Residence of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care; Psychology and Social Behavior (pediatric pain management, pediatric oncology, family-centered medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), health information technology, coping with illness-related Stress)


Howard A. Gillman, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Chancellor and Professor of Political Science; Criminology, Law and Society; History; School of Law


David Theo Goldberg, Ph.D. The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Director of the UC Humanities Research Institute and Professor of Comparative Literature; Anthropology; Criminology, Law and Society (race, racism, race and the law, political theory, South Africa, digital humanities)


Wendy A. Goldberg, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Education (developmental psychology, work and family, infant sleep, transition to parenthood, autism)


Michele B. Goodwin, J.D. Boston College, Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and UCI's Chancellor's Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Program in Public Health


Michael R. Gottfredson, Ph.D. University at Albany, State University of New York, Chancellor's Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law; Sociology (criminology, juvenile delinquency, crime theory, public policy)


Douglas A. Granger, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (psychoneuroendocrinology, salivary bioscience, hormone-behavior relationships across the lifespan, in high- and low-risk populations)


Ellen Greenberger, Ph.D. Harvard University, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Social Behavior (developmental psychology, social and cultural influences on adolescent and young adult development, family relationships and consequences throughout the lifespan)


Nancy Guerra, Ed.D. Harvard University, Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Criminology, Law and Society (childrens' aggression and behavior problems, prevention of youth violence, promotion of healthy youth development)


Sora Han, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; African American Studies; Culture and Theory; School of Law (law and popular culture, critical race theory, philosophies of punishment, feminism and psychoanalysis)


Jutta Heckhausen, Ph.D. University of Strathclyde, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (life-span developmental psychology, motivation, individual agency and social context)


John R. Hipp, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UCI Chancellor's Fellow and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology; Urban Planning and Public Policy (community context of crime, household decisions and neighborhood change, research methods)


Clarence Ronald Huff, Ph.D. Ohio State University, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society (criminology and public policy, wrongful convictions, gangs)


Larry D. Jamner, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (health psychology, psychophysiology, pain, mHealth)


Valerie Jenness, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology (links between deviance and social control [especially law], the politics of crime control and criminalization, social movements and social change, corrections and public policy)


Paul D. Jesilow, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society (healthcare regulation, in particular the role of fraud; the police, in particular police-community relations)


C. Sunny Jiang, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Department Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences (water pollution microbiology, environmental biotechnology, aquatic microbial ecology)


Virginia Kimonis, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., M.R.C.P. University of Southampton, Professor of Pediatrics; Environmental Health Sciences; Genetic Counseling


Masashi Kitazawa, Ph.D. Iowa State University, Associate Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences (impact of neuroinflammation on the molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and how aging and/or environmental exposure perturb physiological functions of astrocytes and microglia and disrupt inflammatory microenvironment in the brain)


Michael T. Kleinman, Ph.D. New York University, Adjunct Professor of Community & Environ Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health
J. Zoe Klemfuss, Ph.D. Cornell University, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (narrative development, children's autobiographical memory, sociocontextual influences on children's narrative, memory and well-being, children's eyewitness abilities)


Charis E. Kubrin, Ph.D. University of Washington, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology (crime, neighborhood effects and social processes, race/ethnicity and violence, immigration and crime)


Kate Kuhlman, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (developmental psychopathology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychoneuroendocrinology, early life stress, and adolescent depression)


Charles E. Lambert, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health Sciences


Linda J. Levine, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (bias in predicted and remembered emotion, memory and emotion, the development of children’s ability to regulate emotion)


Charles L. Limoli, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor of Radiation Oncology; Environmental Health Sciences


Elizabeth F. Loftus, Ph.D. Stanford University, UCI Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Cognitive Sciences; Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law (cognitive psychology, human memory, psychology and law)


Ulrike Luderer, M.D., Ph.D. Northwestern University, Director of the Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program and Professor of Medicine; Developmental and Cell Biology; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health (reproductive toxicology, developmental toxicology, developmental basis of ovarian toxicity, ovarian cancer)


Angela F. Lukowski, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (memory development in infancy and early childhood, individual differences in long-term memory in infancy, the impact of sleep on cognitive functioning from infancy to adulthood)


Mona Lynch, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, UCI Chancellor's Fellow and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law (law and society, psychology and law, punishment and society, race and criminal justice)


Salvatore R. Maddi, Ph.D. Harvard University, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior (personality, psychopathology, health psychology, creativity)


Elizabeth Martin, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (transdiagnostic emotional and social functioning, affective control and regulation, relations between affect and cognition)


William M. Maurer, Ph.D. Stanford University, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology; Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law (anthropology of law, globalization, Caribbean, anthropology of money and finance, gender and kinship)


Cheryl Lee Maxson, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (crime and delinquency, youth violence, street gangs, juvenile justice system and policing)


Richard D. McCleary, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Urban Planning and Public Policy (criminal justice, research methodology, statistics)


James W. Meeker, J.D., Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology (sociology of law, criminal justice, research methodology, statistics, access to civil justice)


Ana Muñiz, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (gang profiling, youth justice, gang injunctions and databases, immigration enforcement, policing, race, state violence)


Raymond W. Novaco, Ph.D. Indiana University, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (anger, violence, stress, trauma, and interventions)


Candice Odgers, Ph.D. University of Virginia, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (effects of social inequalities and early adversity on children's future health and well-being, role of technology on children's development)


Oladele A. Ogunseitan, Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Department Chair and Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences


Kathryn Osann, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Adjunct Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences


Emily Owens, Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Economics (how government policies affect the prevalence of criminal activity as well as how agents within the criminal justice system, particularly police, prosecutors, and judges, respond to policy changes)


Joan R. Petersilia, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society (program evaluation, public policy, juvenile justice)


Robert F. Phalen, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences


Paul Piff, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (social hierarchy, emotion, uncertainty, nature, groups, prosocial behavior, ethics, morality)


Henry N. Pontell, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society (white-collar and corporate crime, criminology, criminal justice, deviance and social control, sociology of law)


Joann Prause, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Senior Lecturer Emerita of Psychology and Social Behavior (statistics, quantitative epidemiology, employment typology)


Sarah D. Pressman, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (health psychology, positive emotions, stress physiology, psychosocial effects on physiology and health)


Jodi A. Quas, Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (memory development, children's involvement in the legal system)


John L. Redpath, Ph.D. University of Newcastle, Professor Emeritus of Radiation Oncology; Environmental Health Sciences


Stephanie Reich, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Associate Professor of Education; Informatics; Psychology and Social Behavior (child development, parenting, peer interactions, media, program evaluation)


Keramet A. Reiter, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law (prisons, legal history, criminal justice policy, criminal and civil rights law, law and society)


L. Song Richardson, J.D. Yale Law School, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society


Jenna Riis, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (early life adversity; stress; salivary bioscience; neuroendocrine-immune relations; program implementation and evaluation)


Jenny K. Rinehart, Ph.D. University of New Mexico, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment of Psychology and Social Behavior (health psychology, clinical psychology, sexual victimization prevention, risk perception)


Nancy Rodriguez, Ph.D. Washington State University, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (race, crime, and justice; juvenile justice; collateral consequences of imprisonment; criminal justice policy)


Karen S. Rook, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (gerontology, social relationships and health)


Ruben G. Rumbaut, Ph.D. Brandeis University, Distinguished Professor of Sociology; Chicano/Latino Studies; Criminology, Law and Society; Education (international migration, immigration laws, criminalization, incarceration, social inequality and mobility, race and ethnicity)


Sabrina E. Schuck, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics; Education; Psychology and Social Behavior (ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, disorders of reading and written language, human-animal intervention, non-pharmacological treatment of disruptive behavior, cognitive-behavioral school-based and family-based interventions)


Nicholas I. Scurich, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law (judgment and decision making, juridical proof, violence risk assessment)


Carroll S. Seron, Ph.D. New York University, Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law; Sociology (sociology of law, sociology of professions, law and society, sociology of legal profession, methods and police misconduct)


Ronald C. Shank, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences


Azim Shariff, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (social/personality psychology, religion, morality, cultural and evolutionary psychology)


Roxane C. Silver, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior; Program in Public Health (coping with traumatic life events (personal losses and collective traumas), stress, social psychology, health psychology)


Dara H. Sorkin, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine; Program in Public Health; Psychology and Social Behavior (close relationships, behavioral lifestyle interventions for chronic disease management, health disparities, program evaluation)


Ann Southworth, J.D. Stanford University, Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society


Eric Spangenberg, Ph.D. University of Washington, M.B.A. Portland State University, Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Psychology and Social Behavior (sensory cues in the retail environment and the effects of self-prediction on behavior)


Mark Steyvers, Ph.D. Indiana University, Professor of Cognitive Sciences; Computer Science; Psychology and Social Behavior (higher-order cognition, cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling, collective intelligence)


Daniel Stokols, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior; Program in Public Health; Religious Studies; Urban Planning and Public Policy


Naomi Sugie, Ph.D. Princeton University, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology (sociology of crime and punishment, inequality, families, demography, methods, new technologies for data collection)


Bryan Sykes, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Program in Public Health; Sociology (demography, criminology, research methods, health, social inequality, statistics)


Shauhin A. Talesh, J.D., Ph.D. University of Connecticut, University of California, Berkeley, Director, Law and Graduate Studies Program and Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology (civil procedure, consumer law, insurance, business organizations, empirical legal studies, law and society)


William C. Thompson, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society; Psychology and Social Behavior; School of Law (psychology and law, criminal justice, forensic science, expert evidence, human judgment and decision making, use of social science in appellate litigation)


Kara L. Thorsen, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Lecturer of Social Ecology


George E. Tita, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Urban Planning and Public Policy (criminology, community context of violence, urban youth gangs, homicide studies)


Susan F. Turner, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society (sentencing and corrections, applied research methods)


Kristin E. Turney, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor of Sociology; Criminology, Law and Society (social inequality, family demography, population health, incarceration and punishment, intergenerational transmission of disadvantage, child well-being)


Deborah Lowe Vandell, Ph.D. Boston University, Professor of Education; Psychology and Social Behavior (longitudinal studies of development, early childhood education, after-school programs, summer learning, child development, adolescent development)


Veronica M. Vieira, D.Sc. Boston University, Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences


James D. Vigil, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society (urban research, urban poverty, culture change, socialization and education, psychological anthropology, street gangs in cross-cultural perspective, Mexico and U.S. southwestern ethnohistory, comparative ethnicity)


Geoff Ward, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; School of Law; Sociology (racial politics of social control, legal profession, youth justice, racial violence, transitional justice)


Kirk Williams, Ph.D. University of Arizona, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology (family violence, youth violence, homicide studies, risk assessment, violence prevention program evaluation)


Jun Wu, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences


Ilona S. Yim, Ph.D. University of Trier, Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior (stress, pregnancy and postpartum depression, biopsychology of stress, developmental psychobiology)


Joanne F. Zinger, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, Lecturer with Security of Employment of Psychology and Social Behavior (expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology)

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Students & Alumni

Student Profile: Kristen Goodrich

Alumni Profile: Kathleen Charli Hibbert

For more information about our Social Ecology graduates and their current placements, please view our PhD alumni table.