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 2019-20

Tamara Afifi, Communication, Top Paper Award, Interpersonal Division of International Communication for "Parents' relationship maintenance as a 'booster shot' for families with type 1 diabetes"; named a Fellow of the International Communication Association
Kevin Anderson, Sociology, Recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies fellowship
Tristan Bridges, Sociology, Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship recipient for "Mass Shootings in America: New Data and Definitions"
Maria Charles, Sociology, named fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
San Juanita Garcia, Chicana/o Studies, Recipient of PIMSA (Program de Investigacion sobre Migracion y Salud) grant for "UndocuAging: A Binational Study  on Older Mexican Undocumented Migrants and Deportees' Mental Health"  
David Lawson, Anthropology, Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship recipient for "Understanding Men’s Incentives for Women’s Empowerment: Testing Predictions from Sexual Conflict Theory in Tanzania"
Shelly Lundberg, Economics, Award of Distinguished Fellow 2020, American Economic Association 
Dana Mastro, Communication, Top Paper Award, Mass Communication Division of International Association for "Warmth, competeence, and the affective mediators of intergrooup contact"
Andy Merolla, Top Paper Award, Interpersonal Division of International Communication Association for "Connecting everyday talk and time alone to global well-being"
Matto Mildenberger, Political Science, Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship recipient for "Climate risk mitigation in a Post-Paris world"
Robin Nabi, Communication, Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division of International Communication Association for "Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Entertainment Media: Toward a 'prescription' of media-based positive psychology interventions"
Elana Resnick, Anthropology, Hellman Family Faculty recipient for "Racialized Power: Nuclear Energy and Infrastructural Inequality in Bulgaria"
Beth Schneider, Sociology, Simon-Gagnon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association
Jeffrey Stewart, Black Studies, National Book Award for The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Cynthia Stohl, Communication, Management Communication Quarterly Article of the Year Award
Leah Stokes, Political Science, Faculty Career Development Award recipient for "Predicting Wind Energy Protests in the United States and Canada"
Catherine Taylor, Sociology, Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship recipient for "Occupations, Gender, and Mortality Risk"
Verta Taylor, Sociology, 2019 Woman of the Year, Who's Who in America; 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, Top 100 Registry of Business Leaders and Professionals
Sharon Tettegah, Black Studies, invited to be a fellow in the second cohort of the NSF-funded Aspire Alliance's Institutional Change Network (IChange) IAspire Leadership Academy.
Sarah Thebaud, Sociology, Outstanding Article Award, Honorable Mention, Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section, American Sociological Association
Vilna Bashi Treitler, Black Studies, American Sociological Association's 2020 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award for her scholarship in the "Intellectual Tradition of Oliver Cox, Charles S. Johnson, and E. Franklin Frazier, and for the inclusion of The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions in The Zora Canon's 100 Greatest Books Ever Written by African American Women
France Winddance Twine, Sociology, Honorary Degree, The Colorado College
Jennifer Tyburczy, Feminist Studies, Fellow of American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Rene Weber, Communication, National Communication Association (NCA) Top 5 Paper Award for "Modality-specific effects of perceptual load in multimedia processing"; Top Paper Award, Computational Methods Division of International Communication Association for "The dynamic relationship between news frames and real-world events: A hidden markov model approach"

 

 

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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