Calvin Morrill

  • Associate Dean, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program
    Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law
    Professor of Sociology
  • Tel: 510-643-9988
  • 206 JSP, 2240 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:2150
  • Faculty Support Contact: Jasmine Frazier

Before coming to Berkeley Law and the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) program, Calvin Morrill was professor of sociology, business, and criminology, law & society at the University of California, Irvine, where he also chaired of the Sociology Department and co-directed the Center for Organizational Research.  Prior to his appointment at Irvine, he was professor of sociology, law, communication, and psychology at the University of Arizona.

Morrill works at the intersection of law and society, organizational sociology, sociology of youth and culture, and social movements. He primarily uses qualitative fieldwork (ethnography and in-depth interviews) in his empirical research, augmented by surveys, social network analysis, and experimental and story-based methods.  His research addresses questions of social conflict, rights mobilization, and social control in a variety of organizational contexts, including schools, private corporations, and community agencies.  He also studies social movements and institutional change, particularly with respect to the creation of new socio-legal environments and organizational forms. 

His books include: Youth Conflict: Trust and Control in a High Poverty School, co-authored with Michael Musheno (University of Chicago Press; forthcoming); Together Alone: Personal Relationships in Public Places, co-edited with David Snow and Cindy White (University of California Press); and The Executive Way: Conflict Management in Corporations (University of Chicago Press).  His articles have appeared in: American Anthropologist, American Journal of Sociology, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Social Problems, University of Chicago Legal Forum, and many other journals and edited volumes.  

His scholarship has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Article Award in the Sociology of Law from the American Sociological Association (for “Legal Mobilization in Schools,” which was co-authored with Lauren Edelman, Karolyn Tyson, and Richard Arum, and appeared in Law & Society Review) and the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Pacific Sociological Association (for The Executive Way). 

In support of his research, Morrill has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Kauffman Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and other private foundations.  He is past chair of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, an elected member of the Sociological Research Association (the honorary society of the American Sociological Association), and Secretary of the Law & Society Association.


B.A., UC Santa Barbara (1980)
M.A., Harvard University (1983)
Ph.D., Harvard University (1987)