Gender and Sexuality


UCSB Sociology has been ranked in the top 5 in “Sex and Gender” over the last decade by the U.S. News and World Report listing of best graduate programs.  UCSB faculty in gender and sexuality are leading senior scholars in the field with strong national and international reputations and junior faculty at the leading edge of contemporary developments.  Our faculty continue to be at the forefront of empirical and theoretical analyses that link dimensions of structural and interpersonal inequality (such as gender, race, class, nation, sexuality).  Unique to our program, the faculty in gender and sexuality are experts on most of the major institutions in society – economy, family, politics, media, health, education, and criminal justice – as well as in social movements and processes of social change.

Gender and Sexuality is now one of the largest and most vital areas of study in sociology. The study of gender and sexuality cuts across virtually every sub-discipline within the field and all humanities and social science fields.  The study of gender and sexuality at UCSB thrives through the work of our graduate students, our new assistant professors, and the senior faculty in our department.   This also means that many of our graduates have gone on to become leading scholars in the field as well.  On our campus, faculty are deeply involved in intellectual interdisciplinary efforts with departments such as Feminist Studies, Global Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Black Studies, Psychology, and Communication and campus units such as the Broom  Center for Demography and Technology Management.


Participating Faculty:

Kevin Anderson

Janice I. Baldwin

Kum-Kum Bhavnani

Denise Bielby

Tristan Bridges

Alicia Cast

Maria Charles

Avery Gordon

Victor Rios

Beth Schneider

Denise Segura

Verta Taylor

Sarah Thebaud

France Winddance Twine


Relevant Links:

UCSB Feminist Studies Department

UCSB Doctoral Emphasis Program in Women’s Studies

American Sociological Association Section on Sex and Gender

American Sociological Association Section on Sexualities

American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, Class

Sociologists for Women in Society

Gender and Society (Journal)

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.