Notable Faculty Achievements

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. 

 

2017-18

Edward Telles, Sociology, was named a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, Sociology, will be a fellow of the Natl Humanities Center in Chapel Hill.
Hahrie Han, Political Science, is co-PI on a grant from the New Venture Fund, titled “P3: Making Participation Possible, Probable, Powerful.” 
Neil Narang, Political Science, awarded a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to study the impact of emerging technologies on national security.
Casey Walsh, Anthropology, won a grant from the Santa Barbara County Public Works his project “Cuyama Needs Assessment Census.”
Javiera Barandiaran, Global Studies, Mellon Foundation, “Energy Justice in Global Perspective.”
Emiko Saldivar Tanaka, Anthropology, and Erica Arenas, Sociology, Kellogg Foundation, “Towards the Inclusion of Mexico’s Afrodescendent Population in the 2020 National Census.”
Barbara Harthorn, Anthropology, UCLA, “CEIN-Predictive Toxicological Assessment and Safe Implementation of Nanotechnology in the Environment.”
Noah Friedkin, Sociology, DA Army Research, QUANTA: Quantitative Network-based Models of Adaptive Team Behavior. 
Nora Dunbar and Miriam Metzger, Communication, Office Of Naval Research, Socio-Cultural Adversarial Networks.
Kum-Kum Bavnani, Sociology, has been named Vice President of the Assembly of the Academic Senate.
Beth Schneider, Sociology, led a campus efforts to land a grand from the Dept of Education for support of the McNair Scholars Program.
Joe Walther, Communication, was named the inaugural holder of the Mark and Susan Bertelsen Presidential Chair in Technology and Society in February 2018.
Alice O’Connor, Hisotry, is the inaugural BLUM Center Director; And in November 2017 we formally inaugurated the Blum Center, with a very well-attended lecture by Robert Reich in Campbell Hall.

Hellman Family Faculty Fellows Recipients
David Lawson, Anthropology, Understanding Men's Incentives for Women's Empowerment: Testing predictions from sexual conflict theory in Tanzania
Matto Mildenberger, Political Science, Prospects for climate risk mitigation in a post-Paris world

Faculty Career Development Award
Erika Arenas Velazquez, Sociology, The influence of documentation status on labor market and health outcomes of Mexican Migrants using panel data
Matto Mildenberger, Political Science, Investigating violence against environmental justice activists in the global South

Faculty Career Development Award
Laurie Freeman, Political Science, Radiation Nation: Japan and the Politics of Ignorance