Announced today!


After an intensive search, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Justin McCrary as the founding Director of D-Lab, the Social Sciences Data Laboratory. Professor McCrary is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Law and Economics Program. He brings to the position of founding D-Lab Director an unmatched combination of start-up energy, technical skills, and broad vision.

At a moment when Berkeley is investing in data-driven research across disciplines, this is a signal appointment for the social sciences across campus. D-Lab will partner with the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) to catalyze world-class research in data-intensive social science. D-Lab’s signature focus is research design – intelligent, rigorous, and tuned to the transformative opportunities opened up by a data-rich world.

Professor McCrary will take up the D-Lab directorship, starting July 1, 2014. In the interim, we are grateful for the continued service through the transition of Professor Cathryn Carson, who has brought D-Lab to this point with admirable skill as D-Lab Operational Lead. We are also very pleased that Jon Stiles has agreed to take the position as interim Executive Director of D-lab until Professor McCrary assumes the Director position.  

Graham Fleming
Vice Chancellor for Research
Melvin Calvin Distinguished 
Professor of Chemistry
Carla A. Hesse
Dean of Social Sciences
Peder Sather Professor of History