California is home 76 HSIs as of fall 2018 (33% of all HSIs in the US) and comprises a wide variety of institutional types situated in a range of geographic locations and higher education watersheds. With approximately 4,500 social scientists in the 33 campuses of the CSU and UC, this diverse landscape enables a comparative study of social science research and grant activity practices across a set of variables that can help us understand barriers to extramural social science grant activity, and new ways to catalyze multi-campus collaborative social science.

Co-Investigators and Staff


Barbara Endemaño Walker, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives
University of California, Santa Barbara

Holly M. Hapke, Ph.D.
Director of Research Development and Research
School of Social Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Leslie Ponciano, Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair, Social Work
College of Health, Human Services and Nursing, California State University, Dominguez Hills


Belinda Robnett, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara

Billy Wagner, Ph.D., MPH
Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Executive Director, Social Science Research & Instructional Council of the CSU

Isha Bhallamudi
Graduate Student
Department of Sociology
University of California, Irvine

Jemima Esther Moses
Student Assistant
California State University Channel Islands & CSU Chancellor’s Office

Advisory Council

Juanita Cole, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
California State University Monterey Bay

Charles Hale, Ph.D.
SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences
University of California Santa Barbara

Bill Maurer, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Social Science
University of California Irvine

Yan Searcy, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science
California State University Northridge