People

Faculty

Kevin Anderson
  • Professor

Social and political theory, history of social thought, Africa and the Middle East, Sociology and Politics of Crime and Law

  • Assistant Professor

Migration, social stratification based on skin color, and the effect of social programs on socio-economic and demographic outcomes

John Baldwin
  • Professor

G. H. Mead, human sexuality, socialization, capitalism, micro-macro synthesis

Jean Beaman
  • Associate Professor

Race, Ethnicity, Nation; International migration; Urban Sociology; Culture; Ethnography/Qualitative Methodology

Tristan Bridges
  • Associate Professor
  • Department Vice Chair

Gender, Sexualities, Masculinities, Families, Cultural Sociology, Inequalities, Qualitative Methods

  • SSMS 3320 Faculty Office
  • SSMS 3314 Men & Masculinities Journal
Alicia Cast
  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies

Social psychology, family, gender

  • SSMS 3125
Maria Charles
  • Professor

Gender, Inequalities, Transnational and Global Sociology,  Work, Education, Demography

  • Personal Zoom room: https://ucsb.zoom.us/my/mariacharles
  • SSMS 3421
G. Reginald Daniel
  • Professor
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Race and ethnic relations, critical mixed race studies, comparative race and culture, comparative and historical sociology

 

 

Waverly Duck
  • Professor
  • North Hall Endowed Chair

Urban Sociology, Ethnography and Ethnomethodology, Race and Ethnicity, Culture, Health Disparities, Criminology, Inequality and Social Justice, Theories of the Interaction Order

Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi
  • Professor

Culture, Social Theory, Sociology of Knowledge

John Foran
  • Distinguished Professor

revolutions, global justice movements, radical social change, development and globalization, Middle East studies, Latin American studies, Third World cultural studies, social theory, political sociology, comparative historical methods

  • SSMS 3417
Lisa Hajjar
  • Professor
  • Department Chair

Sociology of law; sociology of human rights; political sociology; state theory; Middle East Studies; American Studies; law and conflict; torture; war crimes; international humanitarian law.

  • SSMS 3018 Faculty Office
  • SSMS 3109 Chair Office
Dana Kornberg
  • Assistant Professor

Environmental politics, urban sociology, economic sociology, global/comparative sociology, ethnography, South Asia

Yader Lanuza
  • Assistant Professor

(im)migration, race & ethnicity, education, family, culture, punishment

  • SSMS 3409 Faculty Office
  • SSMS 3407 Lab
Jan Nederveen-Pieterse
  • Distinguished Professor

globalization, development studies, global political economy, cultural studies, emerging societies, ethnicity, multiculturalism, future studies

Geoffrey Raymond
  • Professor

Conversation Analysis, Ethnomethodology, Policing

  • SSMS 3413
  • SSMS 3410 Conversation Analysis Lab
Victor Rios
  • Professor

Urban ethnography, juvenile justice, Latino sociology

  • SSMS 3012
William I. Robinson
  • Distinguished Professor

Globalization, Global Political Economy, Political Sociology, Development, Latin America, Inequality, Crisis of Capitalism

Denise Segura
  • Professor

Chicana and Chicano Studies, feminist studies, gender, family, work, race-ethnic relations, education

  • Associate Professor

Gender, work, health, social psychology, and social inequality

Verta Taylor
  • Distinguished Professor

social movements, gender, sexuality, culture, health and mental health

Sarah Thebaud
  • Associate Professor

Gender, Organizations & Work, Social Psychology, Family, Social Inequality, Economic Sociology

  • Professor

Gender, Inequality, Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of Race, Racism & Anti-Racism, Work and Organizations, Visual Sociology

 

Kevin Whitehead
  • Associate Professor

Race and racism; social categories and identities; ethnomethodology and conversation analysis; interactions in conversational and institutional settings; conflicts and violence in interactions

  • SSMS 3411 Faculty Office
  • SSMS 3410 Conversation Analysis Lab
Terrell Winder
  • Assistant Professor

Race & Ethnicity; Gender & Sexuality; Urban Sociology; Social Psychology; Education; Qualitative Methodology; Medical Sociology; Mixed Methodology

Hannah Wohl
  • Assistant Professor

Creative industries, culture, markets, valuation, sociological theory, ethnography

Lecturers

Gordon Abra
  • Lecturer

Criminology, Law & Society, Legal Communication, Social Psychology (small groups), Communicating Science, Power, Sociology of Science, Cheating, Methodology, Statistics

  • SSMS 3312
Janice Baldwin
  • Senior Lecturer

Human Sexuality, Gender, AIDS

Raymond Clémençon
  • Senior Lecturer

Global environmental governance, climate change, sustainable development, political economy, international organizations and governance

 

  • Lecturer

Urban sociology, environmental sociology, political economy, race and ethnicity

  • SSMS 3126
Elena Raymond
  • Lecturer

Sociolinguistics, language and gender, language and identity, gender identity, gender and migration, language and youth, youth culture and globalization

Tara Tober
  • Lecturer

Cultural Sociology, Collective Memory, Inequality, Comparative/Historical Sociology, Ireland

Emeriti Faculty

Richard Appelbaum
  • Professor Emeritus

World-system theory; global production and labor; science, technology, and society

Denise Bielby
  • Professor Emeritus

Culture, gender, work, and social psychology/life-course

 

William Bielby
  • Professor Emeritus

Organizational inequality, workplace discrimination, media & popular culture.

Jon Cruz
  • Professor Emeritus

Social theory, culture, race and ethnicity,knowledge

Sarah Fenstermaker
  • Professor Emeritus

Work and gender, feminist inquiry, feminist theory, research methods

 

Richard Flacks
  • Professor Emeritus
Noah Friedkin
  • Professor Emeritus

Social Networks, Influence Systems, Social Psychology, Complex Organizations

 

Roger Friedland
  • Professor Emeritus

Cultural theory; architecture; religious nationalism; institutional theory; space, time and social theory

 

 

Avery Gordon
  • Professor Emeritus

Social theory, radical thought and practice, militarism, imprisonment, art and literature

Mark Juergensmeyer
  • Professor Emeritus

Specializes in the global dimensions of religion in public life, South Asian religion and society, religious violence, neo-nationalism, and conflict resolution

Gene Lerner
  • Professor Emeritus

conversation analysis, social life of very young children, social aspects of syntax

George Lipsitz
  • Professor Emeritus

Race, Culture and Social identities, 20th-century U.S. history, urban history and culture, social movements

 

Fernando Lopez-Alves
  • Professor Emeritus

Comparative historical sociology, comparative politics, globalization. Latin American politics, organized labor

 

 

Melvin Oliver
  • Professor Emeritus

Race, ethnicity, nation, class, wealth inequality

Belinda Robnett
  • Professor Emeritus

Race and Ethnicity, African American Experience, Race/Class/Gender, Social Stratification, Social Movements, Social Change, Family, Inequality

Thomas Scheff
  • Professor Emeritus
Beth Schneider
  • Professor Emeritus

Sexuality, feminist and gender studies, social movements, health/AIDS, lesbian/gay studies

 

Gary Schulman
  • Professor Emeritus
Bruce Straits
  • Professor Emeritus
John Sutton
  • Professor Emeritus

Organizations, law, crime and punishment, comparative sociology, culture

 

Jonathan Turner
  • Professor Emeritus

Interpersonal Processes, Status and Roles, Sociology of Emotions, Social Psychology, History of Sociological Theory, Philosophy of Science, Contemporary Sociological Theory, Social Change, Theory Construction, Comparative Institutions, Social Stratification and Inequality, Historical Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Human Social Ecology, Human and Societal Evolution, Evolutionary Sociology, Neuro-sociology, Modeling of Social Processes

Thomas Wilson
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Professor Emeritus

race and racism, political sociology, comparative/historical sociology, social theory

Raymond Wong
  • Professor Emeritus

Social stratification, comparative sociology, methods and statistics, sociology of economic change, demography

Affiliated Faculty

Elizabeth Ackert
  • Affiliated Faculty

Professor Ackert's research interests include racial/ethnic inequality, immigration, education, health disparities, urban geography, and quantitative methods. Her work examines explanations for why racial/ethnic and immigrant-origin groups are unequally distributed across contexts– including schools, neighborhoods, and immigrant destinations– and evaluates the consequences of this contextual inequality for disparities in outcomes in domains such as education, residential mobility, and health. Dr. Ackert is particularly interested in understanding how the attributes of immigrant-receiving contexts, including states, communities, neighborhoods, and schools, influence the educational and health outcomes of children and adolescents of Mexican origin.

 

Paul Amar
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Comparative Politics
  • Middle East Politics
  • Social Movements and Revolution
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Police and Military Studies
  • Human Rights / Socio-Legal Studies
  • Latin American Studies (especially Brazil, liberalization, human rights, sexuality/race/religion, urban inequality, state theory, regionalism)
  • Middle East Studies (esp. Egypt, Persian Gulf, Lebanon, regionalism, public security, state theory, globalization, urban development, morality, masculinity, gender/sexuality)
  • Theories of state, governance, institutional and legal change
  • Queer Theory
  • Post-Colonial Studies
Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval
  • Affiliated Faculty

Race, labor, empire, social movements, urban studies, Latin American studies, Central America, Marxism, liberation theology

 

  • 1706 South Hall, 1714 South Hall
Grace Chang
  • Affiliated Faculty

Political Economy of Globalization, Human Trafficking, Immigrant Women

  • 4704 South Hall
Mary Hancock
  • Affiliated Faculty

Sociocultural Anthropology (South Asia, social theory, nationalism, religion, cultural studies, feminist theory, public memory)

Barbara Herr Harthorn
  • Affiliated Faculty

Sociocultural Anthropology (medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, risk and perception, environmental and health inequality, science, technology and society, gender, race and new technologies, public engagement/deliberation, immigration and health, mixed methods for social research, collaborative interdisciplinary research)

  • HSSB 2074 (Anthropology), HSSB 2059 (Anthropology Lab)
Laury Oaks
  • Affiliated Faculty

Sexual and reproductive politics; health advocacy movements; feminist analysis of public health, medicine and science; qualitative research methods

  • 4714 South Hall
John S.W. Park
  • Affiliated Faculty

Ph. D, University of California, Berkeley, Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Immigration law and policy, race theory, political theory and public law.

  • HSSB 5050
David Pellow
  • Affiliated Faculty

Environmental Justice Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Social Change, and Social Movements

Leila J. Rupp
  • Affiliated Faculty

Women's Movements,

Sexualities,

Transnational History

  • 4710 South Hall

Visiting Faculty

  • Visiting Professor
Ecofeminism; Cameroon Literature, Culture and Ecology; Women / Gender and Development; Black Women Writings & Feminist Discourse/Criticism

Staff

Lisa Blanco
  • Business Officer
  • Manages Sociology's administrative office
  • Handles confidential faculty and staff matters for the department and insures compliance with and implementation of procedures and policies
  • Addresses space, equipment, computing, or other facility’s needs
  • Oversees department payroll 

 

  • 805-893-2085
  • SSMS 3113
  • Undergraduate Advisor
  • Provides counseling to Sociology majors and prospective majors
  • Assists with curriculum planning and course development

 

  • (805) 893-3314
  • SSMS 3119
Christine Gorgita
  • Academic Personnel Assistant.
  • Administers the department merit and promotion processing for tenure, retention, and other advancements.
  • Processes all faculty and lecturer recruitment for permanent and short-term hires.

 

                       

 

  • 805-893-2043
  • SSMS 3117
Madhu Khemani
  • Office Assistant
  • Issues SSMS room and mailbox keys
  • Orders supplies
  • Handles mail distribution
  • 805-893-3118
  • SSMS 3005
Erika Klukovich
  • Graduate Program Manager
  • Oversees the graduate program
  • Provides administrative counseling to current and prospective graduate students
  • Handles payroll for TAs and Associates

 

  • 805-893-3328
  • SSMS 3111
Melissa Martinez
  • Financial Coordinator
  • Balances department monthly ledgers and tracks faculty research expenditures
  • Processes reimbursements, invoices, and contracts
  • Hires student assistants and readers and addresses payroll questions

 

  • 805-893-4324
  • SSMS 3115
Vera Reyes
  • Undergraduate Advisor
  • Provides counseling to Sociology majors and prospective majors
  • Assists with curriculum planning and course development

 

  • 805-893-3314
  • SSMS 3119

Graduate Students

  • Graduate Student

Education; Health; Organizations; Inequality and Regeneration; Rural, Suburban, and Urban Sociology; Ethnography; Community-Engaged Research

Madison Avila
  • Graduate Student
 Cristina Awadalla
  • Graduate Student

Aesthetics, Political Culture, Feminist Theories and Activism, Central America

  • Graduate Student

19th century U.S. historical feminisms,  Intersectionality studies, Feminist epistemology, Social movements, Historical and collective memory

  • Graduate Student

Gender, social movements, race and racism, criminology, violence, critical theory, participatory research

Mariah Clegg
  • Graduate Student

Environmental sociology, Critical environmental justice, Energy democracy, Prison ecology, Labor, Political sociology, Science and technology studies, Infrastructure, Marxism, Anarchism. 

  • Graduate Student

Culture, popular culture, play, fandom/audience studies

  • Graduate Student

LGBTQ Inequalities, Public Opinion, Gender, Sexuality, Social Change, Demography

  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student

Conversation Analysis, Ethnomethodology, Policing, Criminology, Science and Technology Studies, Critical Data Studies

  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student

Utopian Studies. Society-Nature Relations. Decolonial, Postcolonial, Poststructuralist, and Feminist Epistemologies. Agroecology.

 

 Jennifer David
  • Graduate Student

Gender, sexuality, feminist theory, queer theory, intersectionality, social psychology, qualitative & mixed methods, narrative analysis

  • Graduate Student

Social Psychology; Race and Racism; Gender, Race, and Class; Health; Social Inequality

  • Graduate Student

Migration, gender & sexuality, race & ethnicity, Central America, postcolonial feminist theory

  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student

Migration, Political economy, Labor, Globalization, Political sociology

  • Graduate Student

Marxist theory, socialist theory, dialectics, ecology, race and class, sociology of law, social movements, communology, law and social change

Humberto Flores
  • Graduate Student

Policing; State Violence; Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Class; Critical Criminology; Qualitative Research Methods

  • Graduate Student
Emily Fox
  • Graduate Student

Gender, Masculinities, Friendship, Intimacy, Feminist theory, Intersectionality, Social psychology

Matthew Fritzler
  • Graduate Student

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  • Graduate Student

Medical Sociology, Sociology of Knowledge, Economic Sociology, Organizations, Culture, Health disparities, Qualitative Methods

 

  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student

Gender and Sex, Organizations and Institutions, Culture, Inequality, Kinship, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Education

  • Graduate Student

Social Inequalities, Latinx Sociology, Youth and Adolescence, Masculinity, and Education.

Naomi Joseph
  • Graduate Student

Race, Social Movements, Gender, Asian American Studies

  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student
Yucheng Liu
  • Graduate Student

Culture, Sociology of art 

  • Graduate Student

Health, immigration, race, social inequalities.

  • Graduate Student

Race and ethnicity, migration, national identity, public opinion

  • Graduate Student

Race and ethnicity, immigration, South Asian identity, diaspora, transnationalism, Islamophobia, multiculturalism.

  • Graduate Student
Hoai-An Nguyen
  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student

Carceral Systems; Policing; Race, Class and Gender, Asian American Studies; Critical Ethnic Studies

  • Graduate Student
Timothy Perez
  • Graduate Student

Critical Theory, Latino Cultural Studies, Social Theory

  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Student

Race, Ethnicity, Nation; Adoption Studies; Culture; Sociology of Family; Critical Mixed Race Studies; Latinx Sociology

Nioshi Shah
  • Graduate Student

Race and Caste Intersections; Intersectionality; South Asia; South Asian Diaspora

  • Graduate Student

Sexualities, Gender, Masculinity, Sex/Gender-Based Violence, Qualitative Methods, Inequalities

  • Graduate Student

Radical Criminology, Barrio Criminology, Barrio Pedagogy, Globalization, Revolutionary Theory, Radical Perspectives on Prisons and Corrections, Prison Pedagogy, Global Political Economy, Transnational Migration, Urban Studies

  • Graduate Student
Ian Anthony Waller
  • Graduate Student

Astrology as a Social Phenomenon, Masculinities and Gender, Stigma, Culture.

  • Graduate Student
Shangxin (Marat) Zheng
  • Graduate Student

Conversation analysis, Mandarin talk-in-interaction, conversational repair

Graduate Students on the Job Market

  • Graduate Student

Medical Sociology, Sociology of Knowledge, Economic Sociology, Organizations, Culture, Health disparities, Qualitative Methods