social science

A Scholar's Quest for Human Truths in Fantasy Worlds

April 7, 2016 — Games that people play in the virtual world give Cuihua “Cindy” Shen a unique—and very big—window into human behavior.

Shen, an assistant professor of communication, sifts through terabytes of data from “massively multiplayer online games” like EverQuest II to study a wide range of social interactions, including networking, team performance, trust-building and economic transactions, and their real-world effects on people’s lives.

Mellon scholar brings insight into initiative

October 14, 2015
A new research initiative, Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds, examines the diverse places – from Tanzania to Indonesia - the ocean touches and how they are all connected by it. The initiative holds its first symposium Friday, Oct. 16.

Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences to Tap New Potential of Researchers

October 13, 2014
A new Institute for Social Sciences at UC Davis will promote interdisciplinary research in the social sciences to address challenges within a rapidly changing society. UC Davis announced the appointment of Joe Dumit, a professor of anthropology and science and technology studies at UC Davis, as its inaugural director.