The Division of Social Sciences tackles the vexing problems of understanding individual and social behavior in all aspects of our lives: politics, family, economy and culture. Students learn about government through internships at our state and nation's capitols, history through archival research, economic forecasting through computer laboratory instruction, and empirical science through laboratory and field research in our many faculty labs, research centers and at sites throughout the globe.

The division is also home to seven winners of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement:

  • History Professor Clarence Walker, '15
  • Anthropology Professor Suad Joseph, '14
  • History Professor David Biale, '11
  • Psychology and Asian American Studies Professor Stanley Sue, '03
  • History Professor Alan Taylor, '02
  • Anthropology Professor Henry McHenry, '00
  • Economics Professor Peter Lindert, '99

The Division of Social Sciences adheres to the campus’s educational objectives. To learn more about the campus’s objectives, follow this link to the PDF: Educational Objectives for Students

Office of the Dean

The Division of Social Sciences is administered by Interim Dean Li Zhang.


Learn more about the dean, and download her C.V.


Read a message from the dean.

Dean's Awards

The Division of Social Sciences launched a Dean's Awards program, which awards some of the contributions that faculty and staff have made to the division and to UC Davis in the past year.

Division Information

Resources, links and the latest news for faculty and staff in the Division of Social Sciences.

Strategic Plan

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