Inspiring students to change the world

Welcome to the School of Social Transformation

Breaking boundaries, creating social change

The School of Social Transformation focuses on transformational knowledge, including creative research approaches to themes and questions embedded in broader historical, social and cultural contexts. We prepare our students to be informed members of society who are interdisciplinary, team-oriented, real-world problem-solvers that can thrive in any environment, career or pursuit.

SST at a glance

A message from SST Director, Camilla Fojas

"I hope you all had a restful and nourishing summer. This year promises to be exciting as we welcome new faculty, a postdoctoral fellow, new staff, new students, and a renewed search for a social science dean. I would like to highlight the newest additions to SST. We are delighted to welcome a cohort of excellent scholars. You will hear more about each of them in our newsletters and at various events. Aaron Mallory joins us from the Department of Geography and program in African American Studies of Florida State University and brings expertise in Black spatial production, Black queer health, and Black feminist knowledge production. Candice Lyons, a historian who works on Black queer archives, holds the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSB and will join SST next Fall. Lila Sharif joins us from UIUC and works in global Indigenous studies, critical refugee studies, ethnic studies, environmental justice, and transnational feminism. We welcome, Sa Whitley, a presidential postdoctoral scholar who works on Black queer and transgender spatial imaginaries. They received their PhD in Gender Studies from UCLA and was recently a post-doctoral scholar at Dartmouth. We are still in the process of negotiating a couple of hires and will have more information about that soon. As you can see from these exciting new scholars and their cutting-edge work, SST is an amazing place to be.

We will be keeping you all apprised of our events, workshops, and talks as they arise. We look forward to your engagement with our work and the ongoing conversations that they inspire. We hope to see you soon."   - Camilla Fojas

Our Centers

Our centers and initiatives reflect our dedication to examining the processes of change and developing collaborative spaces to work with others in changing the world.

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Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology

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The Center aims to create an interdisciplinary, racially-ethnically diverse community of scholars, students, policy makers, and practitioners who explore, identify, and ultimately create innovative scholarship about and best practices for under-represented girls and women in STEM.

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Center for Indian Education

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Established in 1959, the Center for Indian Education is an interdisciplinary research and service organization that promotes studies in American Indian/Alaska Native policy and administration to contribute to the quality of scholarship and effective practices in education, professional development and tribal capacity building.

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Center for Work and Democracy

Center for work and democracy

The Center for Work and Democracy is an independent research center that contributes to rebuilding the political voice of working people. Secondarily, the Center contributes to social scientific discussions of the political moment and endeavors to develop a political social science that is more relevant for the challenges of the twenty-first century. 

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Helping to make the world a better place

Rhodes Scholar and alumna Shantel Marekera uses her passion for advocacy, policy and international human rights law, particularly as it concerns women’s rights in her homeland. The Zimbabwe-born Marekera launched the Little Dreamers Foundation, a subsidized preschool for low-income children, in her suburban community of Harare. Marekera hopes to introduce a new branch of the preschool each year in a different part of Harare and ultimately open a primary school. 

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