Calvin Morrill

  • Interim Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy / Legal Studies
    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 Interim Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy / Legal Studies, 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 the Sociology, Paul Merage School of Business, and Criminology, Law & Society faculties at the University of California, Irvine. He also served as Chair of the Sociology Department and Co-director of the Center for Organizational Research at Irvine. 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 and change, focusing on dispute resolution, legal mobilization, organizational and cultural dynamics, social movements, school rights, and immigrant entrepreneurial activity. In his empirical research, he is keen to tease out the interrelationships among agency, meaning and structure by using qualitative fieldwork – especially ethnography and narrative interviews – combined with quantitative methods, such as surveys, social network analysis, and experiments.

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 awards from multiple professional associations, including the American Sociological Association, Academy of Management, Pacific Sociological Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In support of his research, Morrill has received 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, an honorary society.



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