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.

New Faculty 2023-24


  • Candice Lyons
    Assistant Professor
    Black Studies

  • Jessica López-Espino 
    Assistant Professor
    Sociology

  • Jigna Desai
    Professor 
    Feminist Studies & Asian American Studies

  • Renee Houston
    Teaching Professor 
    Communication

  • Caleb Luna
    Assistant Professor 
    Feminist Studies

  • Jiaying Liu
    Associate Professor 
    Communication

  • Tagart Cain Sobotka
    Assistant Teaching Professor 
    Sociology

  • Max H. Farrell
    Associate Professor
    Economics

  • David Silver
    Assistant Professor
    Economics

  • Nicole Cerpa-Vielma
    Assistant Professor
    Global Studies

New Faculty 2022-23


  • Nicole Thompson Gonzalez
    Assistant Professor
    Anthropology

  • Giovanni Batz
    Assistant Professor
    Chicano/a Studies

  • Silvia Rodriguez Vega
    Assistant Professor
    Chicano/a Studies

  • Yueyuan Ma
    Assistant Professor
    Economics

  • Daniel Martin
    Associate Professor
    Economics

  • Jane Ward 
    Professor
    Feminist Studies

  • Mae Miller-Likhethe
    Assistant Professor
    Global Studies

  • Christopher Parker
    Professor
    Political Science

  • Albert Rice
    Assistant Professor
    Political Science

  • Elena Raymond
    Associate Teaching Professor
    Sociology

 


    New Faculty 2020-21


    • Alexander Cho
      Assistant Professor
      Asian American Studies

    • Debanuj DasGupta
      Assistant Professor
      Feminist Studies

    • Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky
      Assistant Professor
      Global Studies

    • Kristy Hamilton
      Assistant Professor
      Communication

    • Celia Herrera Rodriguez
      Teaching Professor
      Chicana/o Studies

    • Ricado Jacobs
      Assistant Professor
      Global Studies

    • Tae-Yeoun Keum
      Assistant Professor
      Political Science

    • Dana Kornberg
      Assistant Professor
      Sociology

    • Yader R. Lanuza
      Assistant Professor
      Sociology

    • Daniel Masterson
      Assistant Professor
      Political Science

    • Muniba Saleem
      Associate Professor
      Communication
     

    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
    • Leah Stokes, 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
    • Vacant
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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
    • MARK AND SUSAN BERTELSEN CHAIR IN TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY IN COMMUNICATION
    • Department of Communication
    • Mark '66 and Susan '67 Bertelsen, Donors
    • Joe Walther, Bertelsen Professor of Communication
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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
    • Ryan Oprea, 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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