The Social Research Methodology (SRM) Division is committed to the study and practice of methods of inquiry in educational and social research. The M.A. and Ph.D. programs emphasize the design and conduct of research and evaluation, development and application of new techniques, analysis and interpretation of data in the context of theory and practice, and critical examination of research-based claims. We also offer a certificate program open to all UCLA graduate students. Our goal is to prepare individuals who can critically examine research and evaluation, develop data collection designs and instruments, and conduct conceptual and statistical analyses appropriate to the field of education as well as other behavioral and social sciences.

Division Head:

Jose-Felipe Martinez

Division Administrative Assistant:

Ronisa Wilkins Shoate

Division Graduate Advisor:

Kim Mattheussens

Student Representatives for 2020-2021: Eric Ho, Lindy Messer, Fernando Mora and Nadia Sabat Bass


Dr. Tasha R. Hauff is a Mnikȟowožu Lakȟota scholar, teacher, and language activist. She is delighted to start her second year in SRM as a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa McCarty. Her research takes up questions of Native sovereignty and community-based research methodologies when it comes to indigenous language education.  Hauff works closely with and for communities in North and South Dakota revitalizing their indigenous languages through immersion schools, adult language training, and other programs. Her current book project entitled Speaking Sovereign: Language Revitalization and Education on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation examines the intersections of Native sovereignty and community language acquisition within Standing Rock’s current language revitalization movement. Her recent article  “Beyond Numbers, Colors, and Animals: Strengthening Lakota/Dakota Teaching on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation” in the Journal of American Indian Education provides a birds-eye view of efforts to transform indigenous language teaching in K-12 schools on the reservation. To learn more about Dr. Hauff and her research and language work please visit her website.

SRM Spotlight

photo of Tasha Hauff