Faculty Affiliate

Ignacio Chapela

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

A scientist by conviction and aspiring biologist by craft. Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Senior Researcher at GenØk, the National Center for Biosafety, Norway. Born as first-generation Mexico Cityan from the mix, common to that country, of indigenous, indigenized and immigrant stocks. Not a science-fiction buff, Ignacio belongs to the group of practicing scientist who find more wonderment in what exists than in what someone can write onto a page. This can create some trouble, since it tends to make people like him acutely...

Lydia Chávez

Professor Emerita
Graduate School of Journalism

Lydia Chavez started as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, where she served as El Salvador and South American bureau chief. In 2005, ChÌÁvez and her students collaborated to publish Capitalism, God and A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First Century (Duke University Press). And in 1998, ChÌÁvez published The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action, which won the Leonard Silk Award (UC Press). She has also written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco...

Margaret Chowning

Sonne Chair in Latin American History
Department of History

Margaret Chowning is completing a manuscript entitled "Catholic Ladies and Culture Wars: Gender, Church, and Politics in Mexico, 1700-1920." This social, institutional, and political history examines changing roles for women in lay associations, and links those changes to the emergence of Catholic women as important actors in Mexican politics. It argues that Catholic women not only entered politics much earlier than is generally thought (by the time of the mid-century Reform), but also entered as independent "players," not as pawns of priests. Women were thus consequential actors within...

David Collier

Chancellor's Professor Emeritus
The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

David Collier’s research focuses on political methodology, including concept analysis, qualitative methods, and strategies of multi-method investigation. His current work is concerned with the challenges of integrating case-study and medium-N analysis.

Throughout his career, Collier has also studied democracy and authoritarianism, regime transitions, labor politics, party system dynamics, and class coalitions — focusing primarily on Latin America.

At Berkeley, Collier has been Chair of the Political Science Department and of the Center for Latin American Studies, and he was...

Ruth Berins Collier

Heller Professor of the Graduate School
The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

Professor Collier received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her research, across Latin America, Africa, and Europe, has focused on forms of popular participation, political regime and regime change, and labor politics.

Raúl Coronado

Associate Professor
Department of Ethnic Studies

Raúl Coronado is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. His teaching and research interests are in Latina/o literary and intellectual history, from the colonial period to the 1940s. In a sense, this field and period allow—indeed force—us to rethink the literature of the Americas in a transnational, hemispheric framework. That is, Latina/o literature has usually been described as a twentieth-century phenomenon, emerging for the most part during the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. Yet a return to the literary-historical archive reveals a quite...

John Alba Cutler

Associate Professor
English Department

John Alba Cutler is an associate professor of English whose research and teaching focus on US Latina/o/x literatures. He is the author of Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature (Oxford, 2015) and is currently working on a book about Spanish-language periodical literature in the early twentieth-century United States.

Ernesto Dal Bó

Haas School of Business

Ernesto Dal Bó is a political economist interested in governance broadly understood. His research focuses on a range of topics: political influence, social conflict, corruption, morality and social norms, state formation, the development of state capabilities, and the qualities and behavior of politicians and public servants. Most of his teaching takes place in the Berkeley MBA program and at the doctoral level where he teaches courses on political economy.

René Davids

College of Environmental Design

René Davids, F.A.I.A., is a principal of Davids Killory Architecture. Work includes housing for extended families and homeless mothers and children, and residential work along the state of California. The design work of Davids Killory Architects has been published around the world and honored with numerous awards, among them two Presidential Design Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, three AIA National Honor Awards, three Progressive Architecture Awards. Davids was recently awarded( with Taylor Medlin) the first Prize in the 43rd Central Glass Competition in Tokyo, Japan. He...

Justin Davidson

Associate Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Justin Davidson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His main research agenda is guided by questions that primarily address language variation and language change in contact situations, specifically as linked to the empirical assessment of linguistic influence (via language contact), incorporating a variety of linguistic frameworks and methodologies. In particular, he has explored bi-directional effects of language contact between Spanish and Catalan manifested phonetically in the speech of the diverse community of Catalan-Spanish bilingual speakers in...