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Congratulations Class of 2022
Visiting Professor Elisabeth Ayuk-Etang
Liliana Rodriguez giving 2019 commencement address

Sociology Ph.D. Graduate Liliana Rodriguez giving 2019 commencement address

Sociology Faculty at ASA conference 2019

UCSB Sociology professors enjoy the 2019 ASA conference

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Views from Santa Cruz Island

COLA Rally at the entrance of UCSB

UCSB students raise awareness around the COLA movement, sociology graduate students among those leading the charge

Remembering G. Reginald Daniel

G. Reginald Daniel

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Reg Daniel. He was a friend, colleague, mentor, educator, and inspiration to so many people who have been part of the Sociology Department and the UCSB campus over the decades. As a pioneer in the field of Critical Mixed Race Studies, his work influenced generations of scholars and activists. This is a tremendous loss. We offer our condolences to all who are mourning. If you wish to share your thoughts and memories of Reg, you can do so on this memory board. We established a G. Reginald Daniel Memorial Fund which will be devoted to honor his legacy as a teacher, mentor, and pioneering scholar of Critical Mixed Race Studies. He had a profound impact on generations of students as well as scholars and activists within and beyond the university. The funds will support graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology as well as the ongoing work on Critical Mixed Race Studies. 

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the UCSB Sociology Department. Established in 1944, our highly ranked department is among the most diverse nationwide in terms of faculty and students. Our faculty include internationally renowned scholars whose research and teaching have influenced intellectual developments affecting the landscape of the discipline, including intersectional analysis of social phenomena, new approaches to the study of gender and sexualities, social movements as drivers of social and political change, the “cultural turn” in Sociology, and a “reflexive turn” in ethnography. In 2022, the US News and World Report Guide to Graduate Departments ranked USCB Sociology third nationwide in the subfield of Sex and Gender, and tenth in Sociology of Culture.


Our core areas of long-standing strength are Gender and Sexualities; Culture; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; and Global Sociology. We also have specializations in Demography; Environmental Sociology; Health and Medicine; Immigration; Justice, Law and Human Rights; Social Interaction and Conversation Analysis; and Social Movements.

Many of our faculty play leadership roles in the discipline, and many faculty, students, and alumni model interdisciplinarity, social justice, and public-facing scholarship through their work.

Our undergraduate program is large and vibrant and the department now graduates more Sociology majors than any other university in the country. Some of our students go on to graduate programs in Sociology and other academic disciplines, and others pursue careers law, education, social work, health care, public policy, and civil society organizations to name a few. Our graduate students are trained and mentored to undertake ambitious dissertation projects on a wide variety of topics. To nurture intellectual dialogue and specialized expertise, department faculty and grad students convene workshops on topics of shared interest that provide exposure and engagement with cutting-edge developments in scholarship. Many graduates obtain tenure-track teaching positions in universities and colleges, and others build careers in the public sector, community-based networks, and philanthropic and research institutions.

You are invited to explore this web page to learn more about our department, including the specializations and achievements of our faculty, and details about the academic program and other learning opportunities available to our students. Thank you for your interest in Sociology at UCSB.

Lisa Hajjar
Professor and Chair


Awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School 

Awarded two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and Stanford Impact Labs at Stanford University

Awarded a UCSB Graduate Division Individualized Professional Skills grant


Awarded the CSA Outstanding Doctoral Student Award


UCSB Sociology Department has been ranked #2 on's list of best Bachelor's degrees in Sociology.


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  1. June 12, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which the University of California, Santa Barbara, is located, and pay our respects to the Chumash Elders past, present and future. They hold the memories, the traditions, and the culture of this area, which has become a place of learning for people from all over the world.