Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara

Feminist Studies is an interdisciplinary field that produces cutting-edge research and fosters innovative teaching. The subject matter of feminist studies is more than women: research and teaching focus on the ways that relations of gender, intersecting with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, ability, and other differences, affect every aspect of society.

The Department of Feminist Studies, with ten core and 50 affiliated faculty members, offers a multifaceted curriculum that invites students to deepen their understanding of diverse women's lives, cultures, and histories in the United States and around the globe.

We offer an undergraduate major and minor, and house the minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer studies.  We have a M.A. and PhD program, and continue to run a doctoral emphasis for graduate students in affiliated departments.


The Center for Feminist Futures at UC Santa Barbara invites applications for a full-time Academic Coordinator.  Position details: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02612. We seek an interdisciplinary scholar with a vision for feminist leadership, programming, collaboration, and initiatives.

Professor Debanuj DasGupta was co-convener of the recently concluded art exhibition and symposium, Vichitra Desh/Queer Nation. The exhibition featured over 30 artists engaging with queer bodies and desires. Curated by Myna Mukherjee from Engendered Arts in New Delhi, the exhibition was like an assemblage of interdisciplinary art, theory and praxis that brought together visual and performance art, social science research, life-stories, and activist ephemera as a way of narrating themes of queer life-making, identity, bodies, desires at the margins of life and death. Murmurs and exchanges
between friendship networks, the artist’s studio, and the academics desk fermenting a critical counter public that questions fantasies of nation building. A shape shifting, rather queer assemblage indeed!