About our Faculty


About our Faculty


About our Faculty

Our renowned faculty have received many of the most prestigious and competitive fellowships and awards in their fields, including numerous Guggenheim Fellowships. Our faculty also regularly receive UC President’s Fellowships, competing against outstanding faculty from all UC campuses.

Many have won major book prizes in their fields and several have held presidencies and other leadership positions in national and international societies and organizations.

Explore the sections below to learn more.


Featured Faculty


Anne H. Charity Hudley

North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America and Director of Undergraduate Research



At UC Santa Barbara, private philanthropic support is central to maintaining the high quality of our departments
and programs. One of the most important types of gifts is an endowed chair, which can help UCSB recruit
outstanding faculty and provide funds for cutting-edge research, graduate student support, and innovative
programmatic initiatives.

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Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Chair in Music Composition

Clarence Barlow, Professor of Music

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James and Sarah Argyropoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies

Helen Morales, Professor of Classics

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Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Global Media and Representation

Michael Curtin, Professor of Film and Media Studies 

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Dalai Lama Endowed Chair

José Cabezón, Professor of Religious Studies

Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center and Presidential Chair in Media Studies

Patrice Petro, Professor of Film & Media Studies Carsey-Wolf Center Director

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Virgil Cordano OFM Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies

Ann Taves, Professor of Religious Studies

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Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies

Eliot Wolfson, Professor of Religious Studies

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Mellichamp Chair in Global Religion

Janet Afary, Professor of Religious Studies

Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies

Kuo-Ch’ing Tu, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies




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Robert Krut, Lecturer, Writing

The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All On Fire, Summer 2019

“Let these poems be lanterns to the door you are about to open,” says Portland poet Sam Roxas-Chua of The Now Dark Sky, Setting Us All on Fire, a new book by UCSB Writing Lecturer Robert Krut, which won the Codhill Poetry Award. Through this collection, readers embark on a journey from poem to poem as if moving between alternate universes, each poem commenting on our own reality. Krut employs graceful metaphors of rainstorms, dragons, and giant arachnids to weave beauty into the tragedy of our world while still assuring readers that reality cannot be escaped.

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Jane Sherron De Hart, Professor Emerita, History

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2018

In her comprehensive biography of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, Jane Sherron De Hart explores the crucial moments in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life that shaped her dedication to gender equality, national unity, and justice as a whole. The book—fifteen years in the making—uses interviews with Ginsburg’s associates, husband, children, friends, and the justice herself to illuminate the profound mark her life has left on American jurisprudence and society.

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William Elison, Assistant Professor, South Asian Religious Studies

The Neighborhood of Gods: The Sacred and the Visible at the Margins of Mumbai. The University of Chicago Press, 2018. 

The Neighborhood of Gods explores the connection between territory and divinity in Mumbai, India, where limited space causes the city’s residents to scramble to stake a claim for their gods. The book examines the ways that different cultures and religions in India use their available space to make themselves heard, and how those methods affect what already exists around them. 

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Xiaowei Zheng, Assistant Professor, History and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China. Stanford University Press, 2018. 

The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China features research from previously untouched sources as it chronicles China’s 1911 Revolution as it spread through the country. In this book, Zheng focuses not on the successes and failures of the revolution, but rather on its effect on Chinese society and its people, and the ideas they took away from it: national sovereignty, constitutionalism, and people’s rights. 


Yunte Huang, Professor, English

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018. 

Huang’s Inseparable tells the story of the famous, original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), through the perspective of an American immigrant author. Huang uses a mix of dry humor and profound insight to depict the twins in their journey from museum exhibit freak-shows to wealthy southern gentlemen, marrying white sisters and owning their own slaves. The book comments on the American fixation on the “other” and offers its readers a humorous take on the darker parts of US history. 


Erika Rappaport, Professor, History

A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2017. 

In A Thirst for Empire, Erika Rappaport explores the ways in which the global tea industry has influenced trade, social hierarchies, mass consumerism, and other aspects of contemporary society. Through the lens of tea, one of the most popular commodities in the world, Rappaport highlights the economic, political, and cultural forces that gave powerful empires their control over international trade and paved the way for globalization. 


Laura Kalman, Professor, Legal & Twentieth Century U.S. History 

The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court. New York: Oxford, 2017.

In this book, Laura Kalman focuses on the effects that the era of Chief Justice Earl Warren, which took place during the 1950s and 60s, had on the direction of American politics. Kalman uses the ideological battles that erupted between Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon to show how the Warren Court became a symbol of liberal activism that was feared enough to change the entire appointment process. Using sources such as telephone conversations, research from the presidential library, and the justices’ papers, Kalman shows how influential the Supreme Court was during its time and how its power can still be felt to this day. 


Michael Curtin (co-editor), Professor, Film and Media Studies

Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood. California: University of California Press, 2017. 

Published with Curtin’s fellow editor Kevin Sanson, this book features a series of interviews that highlight aspects of the entertainment industry that both attract people to work in it and wear them down once they are in too deep. The interviews illuminate the details of the industry’s unsafe work environments, long work days without legally-mandated turn-around time, gender inequality in the industry, and personal experiences of women in entertainment.


Kate McDonald, Assistant Professor, Modern Japanese History

Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan. California: University of California Press, 2017.

Placing Empire follows Japanese travelers in the early 20th century as they visited Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan. Through the lens of Japanese imperialism, the book shines a light on the intersection of geography and more contemporary forms of colonial hierarchies. McDonald examines how differing perspectives on Japan’s imperialistic history and how that history has shaped the modern country. 


Elizabeth Pérez, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies 

Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions. New York: NYU Press, 2016.

In Religion in the Kitchen, Elizabeth Pérez explores Afro-Caribbean cooking and its intersection with religion through rituals, spirituality, songs, and sacred foods. Pérez focuses on seemingly trivial or small-scale practices, such as cooking African deities’ favorite dishes in order be ordained into their following. In this rich approach to the anthropological side of religion, this book re-conceptualizes ideas of race, gender, and sexuality through the lens of cultural cooking.


Ann Jensen Adams, Professor, History of Art and Architecture

Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland: Portraiture and the Production of Community. Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Maurizia Boscagli, Professor, English

Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism. Bloomsbury Press, 2014.



Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, in memory of seventeen-year-old John Simon Guggenheim, the elder of their two sons, who died April 26, 1922, the Foundation has sought from its inception to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding,” as the Senator explained in his initial Letter of Gift (March 26, 1925). Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

From the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

58 Recipients since 1954

2016 George Legrady, Media Arts and Technology

2015 Jose Cabezon, Religious Studies

2015 Swati Chattopadhyay, History of Art and Architecture

2013 Ann Taves, Religious Studies

2007 Richard Ross, Art

2007 David White, Religious Studies

2006 Patricia Cohen, History

2005 Sharon Farmer, History

2003 Catherine Albanese, Religious Studies

2002 John Nathan, East Asian Language and Cultural Studies

2001 Abigail Solomon-Godeau, History of Art and Architecture


1999 Edson C. Armi, History of Art and Architecture

1999 Carol Lansing, History

1998 Jody Enders, French and Italian, Dramatic Art

1998 Nelson Lichtenstein, History

1998 Elisabeth Weber, Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies

1997 Patricia Fumerton, English

1996 Suzanne Jill Levine, Spanish and Portuguese

1995 Alan Liu, English

1992 Mario Garcia, History


1989 Ann K. Hamilton, Art

1989 David Marshall, English

1989 David P. Rock, History

1989 Peter T. Shelton, Art

1989 Everett Zimmerman, English

1988 Sucheng Chan, History

1988 Sandra A. Thompson, Linguistics

1987 Apostolos Athanassakis, Classics

1987 Alejandro Planchart, Music

1985 Joel S. Feigin, Music

1985 Richard Helgerson, English

1985 Ulrich Keller, History of Art and Architecture

1984 Lawrence Badash, History

1984 John Sullivan, Classics

1983 Edwin Duval, French and Italian

1982 Robert Kelley, History

1980 David Gebhard, History of Art and Architecture


1979 William Frost, English

1978 Henri Dorra, Art

1978 Garrett Stewart, English

1972 Anne G. Cushing, French and Italian

1972 Vivian Mercier, English

1970 George Dangerfield, History


1969 Edgar Bowers, English

1968 Stuart P. Atkins, German

1967 Alexander Deconde, History

1967 Richard Exner, German

1967 Philip Walker, French and Italian

1965 Warren C. Hollister, History

1965 Harold Kirker, History

1965 Joachim Remak, History

1962 Immanuel Hsu, History

1960 Mark Hemmer, French and Italian


1959 Alexander Deconde, History

1958 Edgar Bowers, English

1958 William Frost, English

1958 Marvin Mudrick, English

1954 Stuart P. Atkins, German