Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement
Distinguished Professor Kum-Kum Bhavnani is Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement at UCSB. Her Social and Political Sciences doctorate is from Kings College, Cambridge following her Honours degree from Bristol (Psychology, with minors in Sociology, Politics and Philosophy), and her Masters from Nottingham (Child and Educational Psychology). She joined the Department of Sociology at UCSB in July 1991.
Kum-Kum is a scholar/film maker (Mirror and Hammer Films) who adopts a multilayered approach to analyzing inequalities and to building a more just, livable planet. Her interdisciplinary research, teaching, and filmmaking draws on a gendered lens to investigate the intersections of cultural and climate studies with critical development studies and social justice.
She was Chair and Vice Chair of the UC Systemwide Senate (2018-2020) and Chair of the Academic Senate at the UCSB (2012-2016). At present, she serves on the Chancellor's Advisory Task Force on Childcare at UCSB, the Systemwide Fossil Free Task Force that is developing plans for electrification of all UC campuses.
Her service also includes collaborating with artists, scholars, community activists and residents, NGOs and policy makers. Her hope is that she inspires people to create the social justice urgently needed for present and future generations.