Our ongoing Faculty Profile Series profiles the breadth, depth, and innovation of the research that the Haas Institute's 90+ affiliated faculty are engaged in to advance a more fair and inclusive society.
"Space becomes place when people, social movements, governments, and others are recognized as shaping and shaped by what happens in our neighborhoods and communities," said Jason Corburn, the new director of the UC Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD). In this interview with the Haas Institute, Corburn discussed the importance of addressing chronic health inequities, how location can determine life chances, and upcoming plans for IURD. Read the interview with Jason Corburn.
"Extreme inequality undermines meritocracy which is a core value of modern societies, particularly in the United States," said Emmanuel Saez in our interview with him this month. "Secondly, it can undermine democracy. The wealthy have a strong interest in maintaining the status-quo and hence will use their resources to influence political outcomes." Read full interview here.
Saba Mahmood's work is known for its interrogation of liberal assumptions about the boundary between ethics and politics, freedom and unfreedom, the religious and the secular, and agency and submission. "We tend to think that secularism is a solution to the problem of religious strife, but my work shows that the modern secular state has in fact exacerbated existing religious differences, polarized religious identity, and heightened religious inequalities," said Mahmood. In this interview, Mahmood talks about her forthcoming book Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report, and her scholarly research. Read the interview.