Faculty

Faculty in the Social Sciences provide an outstanding context for research and learning for more than 6,500 undergraduates and nearly 400 graduate students in 12 departments.  The student experience is enriched by faculty diversity, not just diverse in terms of race and gender but a faculty that demonstrates a diversity of talents, teaching approaches, and research interests.

Social Scientists bring new discoveries to the forefront: communicating critical perspectives on social, political, and economic issues that challenge contemporary society; providing communities and policymakers with alternative visions of how to bring about social change; and making connections between data and behavior. 

Faculty research vital issues such as globalization; the link between science, technology, sustainability and social policy; modes of conflict and communication within and between societies; and how the economy is affected by governmental decisions. The faculty's interdisciplinary approach to society, culture, economics, politics, ethnicity, and gender offers students a rich understanding of the world.

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  • Jean Beaman
    Assistant Professor
    Sociology

  • Charmaine Chua
    Assistant Professor
    Global Studies

  • Douglas J. Kennett
    Professor
    Anthropology

  • Dan Lane
    Assistant Professor
    Communication

  • Anshu Malhotra
    Assistant Professor
    Global Studies

  • Sameer Pandya
    Assistant Professor
    Asian American Studies

  • Satyajit Singh
    Professor
    Political Science
    Global Studies

  • Terrell Winder
    Assistant Professor
    Sociology

Awards, Honors and Notable Achievements in 2018-19

 
Tamara Afifi, Communication, received Fellow status for the International Communication Association (ICA) in 2019; won the Franklin H. Knower Article Award in 2018.
Kevin B. Anderson, Sociology, received a one-year fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. 
Erika Arenas Velazquez, Sociology, won the Kellogg Foundation Grant, Measuring the Afro-descendant Population in Mexico; won a paid Fellowship to the Summer Institute for International Migration, Russell Sage Foundation.
Eileen Boris, Feminist Studies, received the Inaugural Rachel Fuchs Memorial Award for Mentorship and Service to LGBTQ/Women from the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH). 
Diane Fujino, Asian American Studies, received the 2018-19 Faculty Diversity Award from the Academic Senate at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, Sociology, was named Fellow for National Humanities Center (NHC). 
Michael D. Gurven, Anthropology, won the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) Grant for “Brain Atrophy, Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s in a Low CVD-risk Population.” 
Dana Mastro, Communication, was one of six recipients of the 2018-19 University of California Distinguished Teaching Award; won a Top Faculty Paper Award at the International Communication Association (ICA) in Washington D.C. 
Andy Merolla, Communication, won a Top Faculty Paper Award at the International Communication Association (ICA) in Washington D.C.
Matto Mildenberger, Political Science, was the co-recipient of the 2018 AAPOR Mitofsky Innovators Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). 
Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Studies, was one of six recipients of the 2018-19 University of California Distinguished Teaching Award. 
Robin Nabi, Communication, won a Top Faculty Paper Award at the International Communication Association (ICA) in Washington D.C. 
Neil Narang, Political Science, won the Course Development Grant, The Stanton Foundation; Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. 
Erin Khue Ninh, Asian American Studies, won the 2019-20 Visiting Scholar fellowship with the Asian American Studies Center in the UCLA Institute of American Cultures. 
Lisa Sun-Hee Park, Asian American Studies, won the 2019-20 Visiting Scholar fellowship from the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. 
Heather Royer, Economics, was one of six recipients of the 2018-19 University of California Distinguished Teaching Award. 
Beth E. Schneider, Sociology, won the Simon-Gagnon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association.
Jeffrey Stewart, Black Studies, won the following awards related to his book The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (Oxford University Press): Pulitzer Prize in Biography; National Book Award for Nonfiction, National Book Award Foundation; The Mark Lynton History Prize of the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards, Neiman Foundation of Journalism and the Columbia University School of Journalism; James A. Rawley Prize, Organization of American Historians; PROSE Award for Best Biography/ Autobiography, Association of American Publishers; Book Award for Nonfiction, Black Caucus of the American Library Association; Best Books of 2018 for Nonfiction, Publishers Weekly; and the 2018 Editors' Choice, Booklist.
Verta Taylor, Sociology, won the 2019 Woman of the Year, by Who's Who in America and the Lifetime Achievement Award, Top 100 Registry of Business Leaders and Professionals. 
Rene Weber, Communication, named International Communication Association (ICA) Fellow; won a Top Faculty Paper Award at the ICA in Washington D.C. 
France Winddance Twine, Sociology, received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Colorado College. 
 

Endowed Chairs

At UC Santa Barbara, philanthropic support is central to maintaining the quality of teaching, research, and public service. One of the most important types of gifts to higher education is an endowed chair, which provides research funding and support for instruction that help us recruit and retain the world's finest scholars. You can review the current array of endowed chairs below.

  • Theodore C. Bergstrom
  • AARON AND CHERIE RAZNICK CHAIR IN ECONOMICS
  • College of Letters and Science
  • Aaron* and Cherie Raznick H ’88, Donors
  • Theodore C. Bergstrom, Raznick Professor of Economics
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  • Shelley Lundberg
  • ALEC P. ALEXANDER CHAIR IN ECONOMICS
  • Economics Department
  • Walter and Thelma Mead, Donors
  • Erik Eyster, Alexander Professor of Economics
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  • ANTON VONK CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
  • Political Science Department
  • Anton Vonk, M.A. ’05 and Diane Boss, Donors
  • Vonk Professor of Environmental Politics
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  • Eileen Boris
  • ARTHUR N. RUPE CHAIR IN THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF MASS COMMUNICATION
  • Department of Communication
  • Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, Donor
  • Ronald E. Rice, Rupe Professor of the Social Effects of Mass Communication
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  • J. Benjamin Cohen
  • BLAIR HULL CHAIR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
  • Department of Feminist Studies
  • M. Blair Hull ’65, Donor
  • Eileen Boris, Hull Professor of Women’s Studies
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  • Finn E. Kydland
  • JEFF HENLEY CHAIR IN ECONOMICS
  • Department of Economics
  • Jeff and Judy Henley ’66/H ’09, Donors
  • Finn E. Kydland, Henley Professor of Economics
  • 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics
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  • Shelley Lundberg
  • LEONARD BROOM CHAIR IN DEMOGRAPHY
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • Leonard* and Gretchan Broom, Donors
  • Shelley Lundberg, Broom Professor of Demography
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  • Ignacio Esponda
  • LOUIS G. LANCASTER CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
  • Department of Political Science 
  • Winifred H. Lancaster* H ’89, Donor
  • J. Benjamin Cohen, Lancaster Professor of International Relations
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  • Rod Garratt
  • LUIS LEAL CHAIR IN CHICANA AND CHICANO STUDIES
  • Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Individuals, Foundations, Corporations, and the Mexican Government, Donors
  • Aida Hurtado, Leal Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
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  • Rod Garratt
  • MAXWELL C. AND MARY PELLISH CHAIR IN ECONOMICS
  • Department of Economics
  • Colonel Maxwell C. Pellish* and Mrs. Mary Pellish, Donors
  • Rod Garratt, Pellish Professor of Economics
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  • Charles Hale
  • SAGE SARA MILLER MCCUNE DEAN OF SOCIAL SCIENCES CHAIR
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • SAGE Publications, Inc., Donor
  • Charles R. Hale, SAGE Professor and Dean of Social Sciences
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  • Ignacio Esponda
  • WALTER J. MEAD CHAIR IN ECONOMICS
  • Department of Economics
  • Walter and Thelma Mead, Donors
  • Ignacio Esponda, Mead Professor of Economics
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