race, ethnicity, nation
The UCSB Sociology Department has been broadening the breadth and depth of the study of race, ethnicity, and nation (REN) for some time. Building on distinctive departmental and campus strengths, we have developed four features of our program that differentiate it from other leading departments with specializations in this sociological subfield. First, and uniquely among major US sociology departments, faculty in the REN area employ a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to study US racial/ethnic groups from a comparative and historical perspective. Second, we combine long-standing structural understandings of race, ethnicity, and nation with newer approaches focusing on culture, identity, and interaction. Third, our work emphasizes the intersection of race/ethnicity/nation with gender, class, and sexuality, enlarging the single-axis orientation of more traditional sociological approaches. Fourth, we stress the particular importance of interdisciplinary scholarship for the study of the issues of REN, emphasizing the contributions made both by mainstream social science and humanities disciplines, and also drawing upon ethnic studies, women's studies, area studies, etc. greatly to expand the disciplinary boundaries of what was formerly a "mere" disciplinary subfield. UCSB Sociology has recently harnesses its considerable strength in the REN area (and other related areas) to develop an ongoing research/teaching emphasis on Chicano/a-Latino/a identities and communities.
The University of California Center for New Racial Studies, a multicampus research project directed by Howard Winant, officially launches in the 2010-2011 academic year. The UCCNRS has initially been funded for five academic years. The Center is based in UCSB's Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research and includes faculty representatives from all ten UC campuses. Its goal is to network and develop research on race and racism across the UC system and beyond.
With its five-year grant of $1.73m, the primary mission of the UCCNRS is to support research on race and racism by faculty and graduate students throughout the UC system. The Center is also helping UC people to organize conferences and symposia, speakers' series and working groups, and policy-oriented/community-oriented projects.
For more information see http://www.uccnrs.ucsb.edu/
Melvin Oliver (Dean of Social Sciences)
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.