Dr. Jamie Chang received her Sociology PhD at UCSF in 2013
For new Berkeley professor, solving homelessness requires data, direction — and belief
Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, Jamie Chang's personal and academic journeys have pointed her toward the systemic causes of homelessness. Now a professor at UC Berkeley, she’s seeking solutions to California's most vexing puzzle.
Jamie Chang has studied homelessness for two decades. She’s spent more time interviewing people in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district and examining the role of drugs, alcohol and government policies on city streets than almost any other scholar. Her personal experience with unhoused people dates back to her childhood.