The Department of Sociology at UCSB maintains a multi-level and multi-method approach to social inquiry, with special strength and international visibility in six interrelated areas of research: Conversation Analysis; Culture; Global Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; and Social Movements, Revolutions and Social Change. These areas of research organize, rather than constrain, the extensive research conducted here. UCSB Sociology is ranked Number One in the area of Sex and Gender (2013 US News and World Report) and is among the top ten programs in the Sociology of Culture.

Recent Research Grants

Lisa Hajjar is a Professor of Sociology, who with her colleagues Omar Al Dewachi, and Mark LeVine has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for their collaborative project, HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE ARAB WORLD; RESEARCH,ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY.  [$200,000]

Noah Friedkin and his collaborators have received a five-year, $6.5 million MURI grant to support their research on team dynamics in task-oriented groups.   See this press release on our distinguished colleague and the $6.25 million 2015 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative:

John Mohr and his campus collaborators (Ambuj Singh, Divy Agrawal, Stephen Proulx and Subhash Suri) have been awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an interdisciplinary graduate training program in Network Science and Big Data. NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program supports graduate education that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and promotes diversity. The UCSB program will bring together faculty and students from seven departments to offer comprehensive graduate training in analyzing the structure and dynamics of networks in an era of "Big Data." 

Geoff Raymond and Nikki Jones have received a $592,699 three-year grant from the U.S. Army Research Office to fund their research project "identifying Good Strangers: A Micro-Interactional Approach". The project will fund the training of 4-5 graduate students.

Maria Charles and Paula England, co-PIs. "Who Cares: Intergenerational
Transmission and Determinants of Working in Care Occupations." 2012-2014,
Russell Sage Foundation.

Geoffrey Raymond and Nikki Jones (UC Berkeley) are the recipients of a grant of $404,101 from the William T. Grant Foundation for their planned research, "Talking Justice: Identifying Interactional Mechanisms to Improve the Quality of Police-Civilian Encounters."

Kevin B. Anderson is a Professor of Sociology. He has worked in social and political theory, especially Marx, Hegel, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, and the Orientalism debate. His most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins (2010), both published by University of Chicago Press.  His current projects include a book on Theoretical Wars over the Middle East and a volume of the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe, an international project to publish the whole of the writings of Marx and Engels.

Victor Rios has received a $305,000 two-year award from the William T Grant Foundation to support his project "Understanding Processes of Crime and Desistance Among Gang Associated Delinquent Youths."

Maria Charles Russell Sage Foundation Presidential Authority Research Grant for "The Local Joneses: Household Consumption and Income Inequality in Large Metropolitan Areas." $22,843. 

Maria Charles National Science Foundation Grant for "Who Likes Math? International Trends Among Eight-Grade Boys and Girls." $132,335.

Social Movements

For 30 years, the Sociology Department at UCSB has been at the forefront of research and graduate training in social movements and collective action. Richard Flacks’ foundational work on student, New Left, and labor movements established the department as a magnet for scholars and students interested in social movements and political protest.