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Antonette “Toni” Navarro, Education, MA ‘86, has been appointed as the new director of Santa Barbara County’s Mental-Health Department. Read more.

Jose Hernandez

Former NASA Astronaut, Jose Hernandez, Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS ‘86, has been appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the UC Regents. Read more.


Tina McEnroe, Education, MA. ‘89, has been named a Trustee for the UCSB Foundation. Tina has been actively involved with the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, including the establishment of the Tina Hansen & Paul V. McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic.  The clinic provides state-of-the-art research in the field of literacy. Read more.

Helen Neville, Counseling Psychology, Ph.D. '93,  won the Derald Sue Wing Award for Distinguished Contributions to Multicultural Counseling from the Society of Counseling Psychology, a division of APA. Read more

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, Education, Ph.D. '94, has been named the John P. 'Jack' Ellbogen Dean of the University of Wyoming's College of Education. Read more.


Stacey Robertson

Stacey Robertson, History, Ph.D. '94, has been named President of Widener University. Read more.

Victor Geraci, History, Ph.D. ’97, whose doctoral thesis produced the book Salud! The Rise of Santa Barbara’s Wine Industry, recently published Wine By Design: Santa Barbara’s Quest for Terroir.

Alexis (Black) Bjorlin, Materials, Ph.D. ‘00, has joined Meta (formerly Facebook) as Vice President, Infrastructure Hardware Engineering.

Sarah Hunter, Psychology Ph.D. '00, Senior Behavioral Scientist and Director of the Center on Housing and Homelessness in LA at the RAND Corporation, had a commentary published in the LA Times describing the issue of homeless veterans in Los Angeles.  There are an estimated 3,900 veterans living unhoused in California's largest city. Read Sarah’s Op Ed.

Judith Freeman Garey, Education, Ph.D. '03, has published Theater, Drama, and Reading: Transforming the Rehearsal Process into a Reading Process (NCTE 2021). Read more.

Bo Hu

Bo Hu, Electrical Engineering, Ph.D, ‘04, has founded Circolo, billed as the world’s most versatile smart fitness device. Bo recently joined the UCSB Innovators Circle as one of the inaugural members.

Ricardo Vivancos-Perez, Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Ph.D. ‘06, edited the newly released critical edition of Gloria Anzaldúa’s iconic book Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza.  Ricardo hopes that the book is useful for scholars, students, and the general reader. Read more.

Miriam Friedel, Physics, Ph.D. ‘06, has been promoted to Senior Director of Machine Learning Engineering at Capital One

Paul M. Rogers, Education, Ph.D. '08, has recently been hired as an Associate Professor in the UC Santa Barbara Writing Program. Read more.

Pa Vue

Pa Vue, Education, MA ‘11, has started a podcast, On Becoming Educated, about the graduate student experience. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.  Learn more about Pa and her podcast.

Chloe Martinez, Religious Studies, Ph.D. ’13, currently the program coordinator of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and a lecturer at Claremont McKenna College, has published Corner Shrine, a poetry chapbook.

Veronica Fematt, Education Ph.D., ’17 was recently hired as the assistant director of UCSB’s McNair Scholars Program. Read more.

David Stamps, Communication, Ph.D. ‘17, has been hired as an Assistant Professor in the Informational Design and Corporate Communication Department at Bentley University, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  His research focuses on interpersonal engagement among racialized individuals, representations of marginalized groups in mass media, and the impact of mass media imagery on audiences.

Poetry publisher Gunpowder Press, co-edited by Chryss Yost, Education, ’97, MA ’18, Ph.D. ’18, and publisher David Starkey, recently launched While You Wait, an anthology edited by former College of Creative Studies lecturer Laure-Anne Bosselaar.

Melissa Woods, Education, M.Ed. '99,  and TJ Berry Education, M.Ed. '19, won the 2021 Santa Barbara County educator awards. Read more.

Jay Plasman, Education Ph.D. '19, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Ohio State University, has won the 2021 Association for Career and Technical Research (ACTER) Outstanding Beginning Scholar Award. Read more.

The UCSB Graduate Division recently announced that Baron Haber, English, Ph.D. ‘20, has joined the Professional Development team as the new Assistant Director. Read more.

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