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Christopher Bettinger

Associate Professor
Phone: (415) 405-0399
Location: HSS 365
Office Hours:
Mon: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Tue: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wed: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Thu: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Chris Bettinger, associate professor of Sociology, has been at San Francisco State since 1996. His work focuses on racial conflict in the United States and civil society in the Pacific Rim. He is the author of The Color of Numbers, which introduces readers to quantitative data analysis through the use of statistics in the construction of racial knowledge. His current research is on the racial narrative structure of stories involving police violence against Black communities. He works with Project Rebound, an effort aimed at helping formerly incarcerated individuals transition to higher education and the Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA), a technology effort aimed at increasing public access to knowledge.

Previously Offered Courses 

  • SOC 105 Sociological Perspectives
  • SOC 392 Introduction to Research Methods
  • SOC 393 Quantative Analysis of Social Data
  • SOC 420 Indigenous Media and Social Change
  • SOC 461 Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons
  • SOC 480 City in a Global Society
  • SOC 484 Population and Social Dynamics
  • SOC 500 Money, Image, Culture: Social Identity in Mass Market
  • SOC 503 Research Internship Seminar

Research Interests

Racial and ethnic conflict, civil society (particularly in the Pacific Rim), mass culture, history of racial science, quantitative analysis.


  • Bettinger, Christopher P. Under second review. "Why Wasn't Udny Yule a Eugenicist?" Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilites et de la Statistique.
  • Lo, Ming-cheng and Christopher Bettinger. 2009. "Civil Solidarity in Hong Kong and Taiwan." The China Quarterly, Volume 197, pp 183 -203.
  • Bettinger, Christopher; Roderick, Andrew; Keller, Alexander; and Koepke, Daniel. 2008. "Until Lions Have Their Own Historians." Proceedings from 38th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology: Archives, Accountability, and Democracy in the Digital Age." Stockholm.