Gender, Sexualities, and Feminist Studies

UCSB Sociology is ranked #1 in Sex and Gender according to the 2013 U.S.
News and World Report listing of best graduate programs. UCSB Sociology faculty in feminist studies are leading senior scholars in the field with strong national and international reputations. 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/ethnicity/nation, and class, sexuality). Also unique to our program, the feminist studies faculty are experts on most of the major institutions in the society – education, economy, family, politics, media, health, and criminal justice – as well as in social movements and processes of social change.

Feminist studies is now one of the largest and more vital areas of study in sociology. The study of gender cuts across virtually every sub-discipline within sociology and all humanities and social science fields. Indeed, the study of gender and sexuality thrives through the work of graduate students and younger sociologists in our department and several other strong ones nationally. On our campus, feminist studies faculty are deeply involved in intellectual interdisciplinary efforts with departments such as Women’s Studies, Global Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Communication as well as units such as the Center for Film, TV and New Media, Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military, Center on Police Practices and Community, and the Center for Global Studies.


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.