Calvin Morrill

  • 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: Erika Espinoza

Calvin Morrill is the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, he was a member of sociology, business, and criminology, law & society faculties at the University of California, Irvine. Also at Irvine he served as Chair of the Sociology Department and Co-directed the Center for Organizational Research. Prior to his appointment at Irvine, he was on the sociology, law, communication, and psychology faculties at the University of Arizona. At Berkeley, he served as the Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy / Legal Studies (2013-2019) and Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society (2009-2013).

Morrill’s research addresses questions of social conflict, focusing on dispute resolution, the social agency of youth, rights mobilization, and cultural processes in organizational contexts. He also studies social movements and institutional change, especially the creation of new socio-legal environments and organizational forms. He primarily uses qualitative fieldwork (ethnography and in-depth interviews) and multiple methods in his empirical research, especially surveys, social network analysis, and experimental and story-based designs.

His books include Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High Poverty School, co-authored with Michael Musheno (University of Chicago Press); 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 publications appear in the American Anthropologist, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Annual Review 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 multiple 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 has served as secretary of the Law & Society Association, chair of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, and is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association (the honorary society of the American Sociological Association).


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