Executive Committee

ISS Executive Committee members assist the director with determining the overall direction of and strategy for the institute, ensuring wide representation across social science disciplines. They review funding proposals, assist with event planning, and represent the institute at university-wide meetings. Committee members may apply for ISS funding, but must recuse themselves from the review process.
Nicolas Zwyns (Anthropology)

Nicolas Zwyns (Anthropology)

Nicolas Zwyns is an assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology. His interests focus on human paleontology and behavior during the Pleistocene and at the beginning of the Holocene.

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Joe Dumit (Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies)

Joe Dumit (Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies)

Professor of Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies (STS) Joe Dumit is the director of ISS. His research examines how science and medicine change, and how the lives of Americans, including consumers, patients, doctors and scientists also change as the nature of facts and evidence change.

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Robert Bayley (Linguistics)

Robert Bayley (Linguistics)

Robert Bayley is a professor of linguistics, chair of the Graduate Group in Linguistics, and a member of the Graduate Group in Education. He is also the editor of the Publications of the American Dialect Society and an associate member of the Centre for Research on Language Contact at York University.

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Cuihua (Cindy) Shen (Communication)

Cuihua (Cindy) Shen (Communication)

Cuihua (Cindy) Shen is an associate professor of communication. She has expertise in the implications and influence of emerging media and social networks. She studies social dynamics in digital games and other online communities, including social network sites such as Facebook and mass-collaboration sites such as Wikipedia.

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Heather Elko McKibben (Political Science)

Heather Elko McKibben (Political Science)

Heather Elko McKibben is an assistant professor of political science. Her research is in the field of international relations, with a focus on international cooperation and negotiations.

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Corrie Decker (History)

Corrie Decker (History)

Corrie Decker specializes in the history of gender, childhood, sexuality, and development in East Africa.

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James Griesemer (Philosophy)

James Griesemer (Philosophy)

Professor James Griesemer is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and a member of the UC Davis Science and Technology Studies Program, the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, the Population Biology Graduate Group, and the Center for Population Biology.

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Katharine Graf-Estes (Psychology)

Katharine Graf-Estes (Psychology)

Katharine Graf-Estes explores the mechanisms that support early learning in infants.

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Jonathan London (Center for Regional Change)

Jonathan London (Center for Regional Change)

Jonathan is an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology/Community and Regional Development.

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Bill McCarthy (Sociology)

Bill McCarthy (Sociology)

Professor McCarthy's research interests include crime and delinquency, health and research methods.

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Erich Muehlegger (Economics)

Erich Muehlegger (Economics)

Erich Muehlegger specializes in energy, environment, public finance and industrial organization.

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