Supporting Social Sciences

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Private philanthropy builds and maintains UCSB's foundation of excellence and status as a world-class institution. Continued support from you, our alumni and friends, is critical to sustaining our ability to offer extraordinary teaching and research opportunities to faculty and students. Your support offers innovative programming to the community, enriches outreach activities to youth, and stimulates new research initiatives.

UCSB Social Sciences enlivens public policy issues though new discoveries, critical perspectives, and alternative visions. Our internationally-recognized faculty educates over 6,500 undergraduates, 300 graduate students, and 350 minors through the Division’s 13 departments and programs. Interdisciplinary scholarship flourishes with over 20 centers that provide infrastructure and focus for faculty and student research.

Your gifts may be directed to any department, program, center, or activity--from undergraduate research to capital projects. There are many opportunities for giving! Listed below are some areas that are especially in need of support this year:

Graduate students

The University is committed to attract top scholars, and UCSB has succeeded in building new facilities to house these scholars. However, graduate students need your continued financial assistance. Your contribution towards graduate student fellowships will assist students in our Ph.D. programs (Anthropology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Communication, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology) and in the growing areas of Global & International Studies (Masters Program) and a Ph.D. program in Feminist Studies.

Endowed chairs

The Division has been successful in attracting and retaining some of the most distinguished faculty through generous chair endowments. For example, the Henley Chair enabled us to attract Professor Finn Kydland to the Economics Department, and in 2000, he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize. Funds from the endowment provide the chairholder with resources to support their research program and the graduate students who work with them.

Capital projects

The new Social Sciences and Media Studies building is open! Contact us to find out about naming opportunities and how your gift will be of financial benefit to you and the University.

Unrestricted support

General gifts to the Division or Departments are used wherever the need is greatest. Your unrestricted gift gives us the freedom to apply funding where it's most strategically needed. Donations can help buy equipment, provide fellowships or travel support for graduate students, or bring distinguished scholars to campus. Please consider making a gift of unrestricted support to help the Social Sciences achieve its vision.

We also seek general support for all Social Sciences programs, with high priority given to interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, diversity initiatives, and student scholarships.

To learn more about the Division’s range of giving opportunities and to explore different ways to give, including online giving, please contact out Development team. 

Development Team

Dan Oh
  • Assistant Dean of Development
  • (805) 893-5094
Brian Boyer
  • Associate Director of Development
  • (805) 893-5696
Rachel Johnston
  • Associate Director of Development
  • (805) 893-2245
Ryan Kelley
  • Development Assistant
  • (805) 893-7262