Endowed Chairs

At UC Santa Barbara, private philanthropic support is central to maintaining the quality of teaching, research, and public service. One of the most important types of gifts to higher education is an endowed chair, for an endowed chair ensures faculty excellence.

Marsha and Jay Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies
Elliot Wolfson, Professor of Religious Studies

King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies
Adam Sabra, Professor of History

James and Sarah Argyropoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies
Helen Morales, Professor of Classics

José Miguel de Barandiarán Chair in Basque Studies
Viola Miglio, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Virgil Cordano O.F.M. Chair in Catholic Studies
Ann Taves, Professor of Religious Studies

Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Chair in Music Composition
Clarence Barlow, Professor of Music

XIV Dalai Lama Chair in Tibetan Buddhism & Cultural Studies
José Cabezón, Professor of Religious Studies

Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Global Media and Representation
Michael Curtin, Professor of Film and Media Studies

Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Global Religions and Modernisms
Janet Afary, Professor of Religious Studies

J. F. Rowny Chair in Comparative Religions
David White, Professor of Religious Studies

J. F. Rowny Chair in Religion and Society
Wade Clark Roof, Professor of Religious Studies

International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies
Fabio Rambelli, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Koichi Takashima Chair in Japanese Cultural Studies
John Nathan, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Lai Ho & Wu Cho-liu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies
Kuo-ch'ing Tu, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies