Emeriti Faculty

Dana Takagi
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Stevenson College, John R. Lewis College, East Asian Studies, Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-459-3140 (office)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 329
  • Office Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:35 - 11:30; and by appointment
  • Mail Stop College Eight Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Philosophy, Nationalism
  • Courses SOCY 103A Statistical Methods, SOCY 103B Research Methods, SOCY 119 Sociology of Knowledge, SOCY 169 Social Inequality, SOCY 178 Social Problems, SOCY 203 Social Methods, SOCY 204 Quantitative Analysis, SOCY 240 Inequality and Identity

Research Interests

Inequality and Identity, Methods, Race, Theory, Higher Education, Nationalism and Indigeneity, Buddhist, Philosophy

Biography, Education and Training

1986 - Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

1979 - M.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

1976 - B.A., Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Dana Takagi is a professor of Sociology at UCSC, since 1987; before coming to UCSC, she taught at UC Irvine in the program in social ecology. She is a committed to empirically based research, theoretical innovation, and linking interdisciplinary knowledge to understanding the world-as-it is.

Honors, Awards and Grants


  • 2002 – 04. President, Association for Asian American Studies.
  • 1997 – 98. Humanities Research Institute Fellow, UC Irvine.
  • 1994.  Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights:  Outstanding Book Award.


  • 2011 – 2012. Principal Investigator: Committee on Research at the University of California – Santa Cruz. $1,500.
  • 2009 – 2010. Committee on Research, University of California -  Santa Cruz, Generation Next Funds for RA and preparation of manuscript, GN2GO: By Us, For Us, About Us. Co-edited with L.Thompson. $1,500.
  • 2006. Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community pending RA assistance for research on faith-based approaches to social justice. $5,000.

Selected Publications


Contributions to Books

  • 2014. "Poverty" in Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Sage.
  • 2014. "Inequality" in Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Sage. 

Journal Articles

Selected Presentations

Public Lecture or Forum Participation

  • 2011. "Asian American Identities" for the Stanford Asian American Student Organization, Stanford University.
  • 2007. Keynote Address for the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Oakland.
  • 2003. Presidential Address for the Association of Asian American Studies in Boston. 

Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

  • 2014. "Everything Changes: On Becoming" for the Symposium Sexuality Matters, Association of Black Sociologists, Pre-Conference, at the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.
  • 2011. "The Precarious Place of Race," for the Sovereignty and Race Conference at the University of California – Los Angeles.
  • 2004. Presidential Address, "On Affect," Association for Asian American Studies, Boston.

Teaching Interests

Inequality and Identity, Social Problems, Research Methods, Quantitative Methods