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grad school update #1 ~ UCSB

Becca (my partner) and I spent the weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara — to check out UCSB and the surrounding area. The thought of spending five or six years here is really not so terrible.

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Seriously, this place is a paradise. The natural beauty is definitely no small selling point. And there are a lot of fantastic professors I could see myself working with. I was able to meet with Dick Flacks, John Foran, George Lipsitz, Geoff Raymond, Verta Taylor, and Howard Winant. (I’m currently reading Dick Flacks’ must-read Making History: The American Left and the American Mind and Howard Winant and Michael Omi’s—also must-read—Racial Formation in the United States.) I was able to have rich conversations with other faculty and with a number of current PhD sociology students. I was also excited about the incoming admitted cohort. Many of them are also interested in social movements, politics, and society. All in all, UCSB is full of great folks and I think this is an excellent option for me.

No decision yet though! Tomorrow I check out UC Irvine and then University of Wisconsin on Friday on the way back east. More updates to follow.

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  1. Jonathan, good to read about your grad school prospecting. I’ve been following your posts and would like to correspond via email. I’m a retired sociologist from Sonoma State Univ. in California who has studied social movements and am presently active with the North Bay Organizing Project (a community organizing effort in the Alinsky tradition), as well as trying to keep up with some other state-wide organizing efforts by MoveOn California and PICO California. I’m working on a book about community organizing today. You can contact me at dwalls at igc dot org — it would be great to have you out here on the West Coast! — David Walls

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