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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

Sociology Staff

Sociology Department staff enjoying lunch together at Meet Up Chinese Restaurant

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. Continued on the research page (click here).


Chair's Message


  • Kevin Anderson

Winner of Two ASA Awards

  • Oscar Soto

Selected as Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine

  • Charlotte Hoppen

Awarded the David P. Gardner Fellowship


  • Terrell Winder

Recipient of the 2023 Jacquelyn Johnson Jackson Early Career Scholar Award

  • Sara Tyberg

Winner of the 2022-2023 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award



  • Maria Charles

Winner of the 2022-2023 Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students Award



  • Michael Nishimura

Winner of the 2022-2023 John Mohr Best Paper Award


  • Cierra Raine Sorin

Cierra Raine Sorin, Ph.D. Student

Exacerbating Social Inequalities via Consent Discourses:

A Case Study of BDSM Communities

  1. October 13, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
  • Tagart Cain Sobotka
Tagart Cain Sobotka, Assistant Teaching Professor
Survey (Experiment) Design in Qualtrics Workshop
  1. October 26, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Hannah Wohl
Hannah Wohl, Associate Professor
Chemistry or Harassment? Relational (Mis)matches
in Orientations Toward Work in Pornography Production
  1. November 17, 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.