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Blake Baxter
Social sciences' alumni superconnector
Blake Baxter '04, Social Sciences Board of Councilors member and Alumni Network founding chair, will be among the familiar faces at this year's annual UCI Homecoming celebration on Feb. 11

Commencement 2023
Apply to be our 2023 UCI social sciences student commencement speakers!
Calling all 2022-23 graduating UCI social sciences seniors: Let your voice be heard! Applications are now being accepted for commencement speakers for the School of Social Sciences ceremonies in June. Submit your application online before end of day February 13 to be considered for this prestigious honor. Two outstanding students will be selected from among this competitive pool. Selected speakers will also receive a feature story in our yearend magazine.

Needing some inspiration? Click below for footage and features on our outstanding student speakers from past ceremonies.

Greg Hickok
Hickok is elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
One of six from UCI recognized, the honor spotlights the distinguished cognitive neuroscientist's efforts to advance science or its applications
Casavantes Bradford and Jenks
Casavantes Bradford and Jenks named inaugural UCI FATE Fellows
Honor recognizes the outstanding faculty as model educators
Steven Gong
Writing for FLOTUS
UCI triple major Steven Gong took Writing for POTUS at UCI which led to an internship writing speeches and policy memos for First Lady Jill Biden, Ed.D.
Burn and Martell
Outstanding research
Ian Burn, '17 economics Ph.D., is co-recipient of American Economic Association's Award for Outstanding Research Paper in LGBTQ+ Economics
Enriquez and LeBron
Confronting extremism through community, thriving and wellness
UCI social scientists Enriquez and LeBrón receive funding for projects that will rebuild, reframe, and transform communities, institutions for inclusive excellence
Megan Peters
Peters receives CIFAR funding to study structure of thought
Award is part of "Scialog" series designed to accelerate scientific breakthroughs
Jeff Kopstein
Politics, Violence, Memory: The New Social Science of the Holocaust
Book coauthored by UCI political science professor Jeffrey Kopstein examines key questions of the Holocaust using tools, methods from political science, sociology, demography and public health
UC Cuba
Making connections
UC-CUBA professors Nancy Burke, UC Merced, and Raul Fernandez, UCI, visited Havana in December to further UC-CUBA activities, develop potential new collaborations with local cultural institutions, and pursue their own research
LNY lion dance
ICYMI: UCI Lunar New Year
Experience the sights and sounds of this year's festival and mark your calendars to join us Feb. 5 next year!
Tony Smith
ICYMI: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Charles Anthony Smith, UCI political science professor and co-author of Sex Trafficking and Human Rights, offers perspective on a critical global issue
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ICYMI: International Holocaust Remembrance Day
David Rosten '83 offers perspective
ICYMI: Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Remembrance
by Rubén G. Rumbaut, UCI Distinguished Professor of Sociology
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in the media
Social sciences faculty and graduate students are consistently sought by media for their expertise in areas ranging from digital play to gender pay. Check out some of our top hits, self-authored pieces, and on-air interviews below, or visit us online for the full run down.
Wang Feng

Opinion: The alternative, optimistic story of population decline

Wang Feng, sociologist, gives expert perspective in this piece for The New York Times.
Sabrina Strings
Strings on diet culture
New York Times
Jack Liebersohn
Liebersohn on housing markets
Sara Mednick
Mednick on memory, sleep
Wall Street Journal
Eric Swanson
Swanson on debt ceiling
TIME, Yahoo News
Bill Maurer

Banks want in on digital wallets -- and the consumer data that comes with them

Bill Maurer, anthropology, explains in this conversation with Marketplace.
Eve Darian-Smith
Darian-Smith on academic freedom
Chronicle of
Higher Education
Kristin Turney
Turney on incarceration
The Roanoke
Louis DeSipio
DeSipio on OC politics
OC Register
Pen Maddy
on math
New Scientist
America and the Holocaust: Immigration, Isolationism and Antisemitism
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Irvine Barclay Theatre

featuring Peter Hayes, Professor Emeritus of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, and Former Chair, Academic Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Edna Friedberg, JTS Fellow and Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jeffrey Kopstein, Professor of Political Science, UCI, and Ina Levine Invitational Fellowship, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Anna May Wong Quarter: Minting New National Histories
9:00-10:30 a.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Dr. Ellen Feingold, Curator of the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Karen J. Leong, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies and Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University, and Author of The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism (University of California Press, 2005), Michele Thompson, Program Lead, American Women Quarters Program, U.S. Mint Tracy Scelzo-Chavez, Program Analyst, U.S. Mint, Dr. Theodore S. Gonzalves, '01 UCI Ph.D. in Comparative Culture, Curator of Asian Pacific American History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Ryan Lintelman, Curator, Division of Cultural and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Tenant Riskiness, Contract Length, and the Term Structure of Commercial Leases
3:30-5:00 p.m. | Social Science Plaza B, Room 3218

featuring Jan Brueckner, UC Irvine
Long US-China Institute 2023 Distinguished Lecture: Between China and Africa
4:00-5:30 p.m. | Humanities Gateway, Room 1030

featuring Howard French, Columbia University

Endogenous Liquidity and Capital Reallocation
3:30-5:00 p.m. | Social Science Plaza B, Room 3218

featuring Randall Wright, University of Wisconsin, Madison
UCI Homecoming 2023
2:00-6:00 p.m. | Aldrich Park and the Bren Center
Synthetic Controls with Multiple Outcomes: Estimating the Effects of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions in the COVID-19 Pandemic
3:30-5:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registratoin required)

featuring Jay Lee, Seoul National University
Who Benefits from Meritocracy
2:00-3:30 p.m. | Social Science Plaza A, Room 3132

featuring Diana Moreira, UC Davis
Digital Extremism and Anti-Semitism at Home and Abroad: The Data, The Challenge, and Strategies for Intervention
9:00-10:30 a.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Jordan Kraemer, Director of Policy and Research, Center for Technology and Society, Anti-Defamation League, Stephen Rea, Tech and Society Fellow, Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Corpus Ong, Associate Professor of Global Digital Media, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Peter Simi, Professor of Sociology, Chapman University, Rebekah Tromble, Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics, George Washington University, Michael Brown, Associate Director, Field Operations-West, Center for Prevention Programs & Partnerships (CP3), US Department of Homeland Security, hosted by Dean Bill Maurer, UCI, and Maureen Dadabhoy, Human Relations Advocate, OCHR
Banking for the Culture: Black-owned Banks as Cultural Assets during the Subprime Lending Boom
3:30-4:30 p.m. | Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1321

featuring Asia Bento, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Does Congestion Pricing Affect the "Transit Premium?": Evidence from Singapore
3:30-5:00 p.m. | Social Science Plaza B, Room 3218

featuring Henry Bernal, UC Irvine
Can VAT Cuts Dampen the Effects of Food Price Inflation?
2:00-3:30 p.m. Social Science Plaza A, Room 3132

featuring Youssef Benzarti, UC Santa Barbara
3:30-5:00 p.m. | Social Science Plaza A, Room 3132

featuring Ayse Imrohoroglu, USC
What is Meta-Analysis Good For?
3:00-5:00 p.m. | Social Science Tower, Room 777

featuring Karen Kovaka, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
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