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The Department of History of Art and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara stands in solidarity with the Union of Academic Student Employees at UC (UAW 2865), Postdocs and Academic Researchers (UAW 5810), and Student Researchers (SRU-UAW).  We pledge to support graduate student employees and their lawful right to strike.  Further, we wish to assure these students that the Department and its faculty will take no retaliatory action against those involved in or supportive of this labor action.  We recognize and support the necessity of seeking reasonable and equitable salaries for all graduate student employees so that they can keep pace with the rate of inflation and the exorbitant cost of living in California, especially as it applies to housing costs. It is unacceptable that the University of California's current salary rates create conditions in which students spend well over 50% of their monthly salary for rent, live in their cars and rely on local food banks for themselves and their families. The HAA faculty greatly value our graduate students and the key role they play in teaching and creating knowledge, and we recognize them as essential participants in our university community and the mission of the public university. We urge the UC administration to do as much as possible to meet student demands and offer them a living wage, one that is competitive with comparable universities around the country.

HAA Summer 2023 Courses
Introducing: Art History Club
UCSB Arts Wins a First in Faculty Diversity
Statement In Opposition To the Current Project for Munger Hall at UCSB


The fellowship will support research and writing for her dissertation, "Build/Live/Work: Artist-Built Environments and the Expanded Vernacular in the Twentieth Century."

Sara Morris, Ph.D. candidate, is the recipient of a 2023 Library Research Grant at the Getty Research Institute and a 2023 NCECA Helen Zucker Seeman Curatorial, Research, and Critical Writing Fellowship for Women.

"From Center to Periphery: The Lifespan of New York City’s Tenth Street Studio Building and the Canon of American Art" explores new data about the aging building's twentieth-century history.


A view of the History of Art & Architecture's Center for Object Based Research and Learning before the inaugural meeting of ARTHI 186SV: Seminar in Modern Architecture: Bauhaus in California, taught by Professor Volker M. Welter in Fall 2019. Instructors hold courses in COBRAL to teach with objects borrowed from the Art, Design & Architecture Museum and the Architecture and Design Collection for study and facilitating discussion. (image taken 9/30/19)

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