College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Director of Development: Anne Robison
- The Department of Anthropology has one of the most distinguished research profiles of any anthropology program in the California State University system. Our students have received such honors as the Northridge Achievement Award, the Begole Archaeological Research Grant from the Anza-Borrego Foundation and the Graduate Equity Fellowship to conduct field research in a variety of locations, from Peru to the Great Basin.
- Geography associate professor Steven Graves was awarded the CSUN Preeminent Scholarly Publication Award for 2008. Graves has provided maps and data analyses on predatory lending institutions to several federal agencies and state governments; his work was instrumental in passing the Talent-Nelson Amendment to the 2007 U.S. Defense Authorization Act, which better regulates loan products to members of the U.S. military.
- History professor Donal O'Sullivan received the 2008 Historian’s Prize of the Erich and Erna Kronauer Foundation in Schweinfurt, Germany, for his second dissertation, Stalin’s Cordon Sanitaire: Soviet Policy in Eastern Europe and the Western Response, published in German by Schoningh Publishers. A number of renowned German historians participated in the selection and honored Professor O'Sullivan at a city hall ceremony in November 2008. The press reports and speeches are on the foundation's Web site at http://www.ikronauer-Stifung.
- The Hip Hop Think Tank, a Pan African Studies student organization, received accolades for their presentations at the National Conference of the National Council for Black Studies, the premier organization of the Black Studies discipline.
- In 2009, for the second year in a row, the Model United Nations team in the Department of Political Science took top honors—the equivalent of first place—at the national conference held in New York. In addition, the team won an Outstanding Delegation Award and Outstanding Position Papers Award at the International Model UN Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in January 2010.
- The Psychology Department was ranked number one among all comprehensive universities in the nation in producing students who go on to earn doctoral degrees.
- Since 2006, the Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Program’s Community Research Action initiative has funded eight honors-level psychology students with support from The California Endowment. These COR students are placed in internships with mental health organizations throughout Los Angeles and receive intensive mentoring toward careers as mental health researchers. Recent COR graduates and current students have been accepted into doctoral programs and prestigious fellowships at universities including the University of California, Irvine, the University of Chicago and Princeton.
- The master's degree in social work, launched in fall 2005, was fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and graduated its first cohort in spring 2008. The program includes a field practicum as a keystone in this program, which prepares students to become advanced social work professionals.
- Sociology professor James David Ballard was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on nuclear waste shipping. Ballard is the coordinator of CSUN’s Intelligence Community Academic Center for Excellence.
- James Ring, an alumnus of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has established the James H. Ring Professorship in Urban Studies and Planning. Previously, he established the James H. Ring Urban Studies Scholarship Endowment.