Faculty Profiles

Howard Winant
Ph.D 1980, UC Santa Cruz
Research Interests

Howard Winant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Black Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Asian American Studies departments.  He founded and directed the University of California Center for New Racial Studies. Winant's research and writing focuses on racial theory and social theory, and the comparative historical sociology, political sociology, and cultural sociology of race, both in the US and globally. He is the author of The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice (UMinnPress, 2004); The World Is a Ghetto: Race and Democracy Since World War II (Basic, 2001), Racial Conditions: Politics, Theory, Comparisons (UMinnPress, 1994); Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s (co-authored with Michael Omi - Routledge, 2015, 1994, and 1986); and Stalemate: Political Economic Origins of Supply-Side Policy (Praeger, 1988).

Teaching Areas

Teaching Areas


Social Stratification/Inequality

Political Sociology

Sociological Theory


Teaching Schedule 2017-2018

Fall 2017

Sabbatical leave.

Winter 2018

Soc 1 - Introduction to Sociology 

Soc 1H - Introduction to Sociology-Honors Section  

Spring, 2018

Non-teaching quarter: In residence, office hours held. It's a good idea to email me and set up an appointment.

Course Listing

Contact Information

Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg 3308
805-893-3118 (leave message)
office hours
Fall 2017: On sabbatical leave. Available by appointment, but not always. Winter 2018: Wed, 1000am - 1200noon Spring 2018: TBA
Crash Policy


Enrolling in sociology classes has become more diffcult, because US has increased its enrollment without adding more faculty or more classrooms. There are definite limits on how many students can enroll for any class, but I'm committed to reaching those limits every time.

If you can't get in using GOLD, sign on to the waiting list.  Then email me with the course number, your name, your perm number, and your email address in the message body. Be at class on the first day. The waiting list will be organized first by major, then by pre-soc majors (you have to be declared), then by year of study.