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 2016-2017

Fall 2016

Sabbatical leave.

Winter 2017

Soc 1 - Introduction to Sociology 

Soc 1H - Introduction to Sociology-Honors Section  

Soc 216D - Special Topics in Race, Ethnicity, Nation: Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois 

Spring, 2017

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

Contact Information

Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg 3308
805-893-3118 (leave message)
office hours
On leave F16
Crash Policy


Enrolling in sociology classes has become easier that it was in the past, but there can still be problems. 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 year of study, and then (within those categories) on a first-come, first-served basis: when you emailed me determines where you are on the list. If we get past there, we turn to pre-soc. majors, and then to non-majors.