Justin Alexander Obcena

TitlePhD Student
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department
OfficeRachel Carson College, Room 214
Office HoursEmail for availability
Campus Mail StopCollege Eight Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA, CA
Justin Alexander Obcena

Research Interests

Race, Cultural Studies, Cultural Politics, Popular Culture, Globalization, Inequality, Social Movements, Contemporary Theory, Critical Ethnography, Performance and Visual Studies

Biography, Education and Training

2011 - B.A., Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara

Honors, Awards and Grants


2011. UCSB University Service Award. University Service Awards are given to any student who is conferred an undergraduate or graduate degree in the calendar year of the award who has performed "above and beyond the call of duty" in service to the university, the student body, and the community. The Selection Committee consists of representatives from: Dean’s Office for the College of Engineering, Dean’s Office for the College of Letters and Science, Division of Student Affairs, Residential Life, Faculty, and Staff. The committee is chaired by the Associate Dean of Students.

2009. RHA Henry Linn Memorial Scholarship. For creating distinguished diversity programs and facilitating a more positive and inclusive community within the residence halls.


Regent's Fellowship $32,232

2014. UCSC Sociology Department Research and Travel Graduate Fellowship $1155

2011. UCSB Associated Students Grant for Jonathan Larson’s RENT Diversity Campaign "Forming Allies Across Difference."  $3,700

2011. UCSB Research Assistant Program Grant  $250

2011. UCSB After Dark Funding for Alternative Diversity Programs $1,500 

2010. UCSB RHA Grant for campus diversity workshop series: “Check Your Privilege” $2,000

Selected Presentations

2014. Performance Studies International Conference 20. Shanghai, China

Paper Presentation: “Olympic Opening Ceremonies: Spaces of Belonging, (Re)Imagining Statehood Along the Cultural and Economic Conjuncture.” At Shanghai Theatre Academy.

2010. University of California Students of Color Conference. Santa Barbara, CA

"Boat People: Hurricane Katrina, Media Representation, Racial Dynamics and the Model Minority."

Teaching Interests

Teaching Assistant, UCSC

SOCY 1  Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2013)

SOCY 10  Issues and Problems in American Society (Winter 2014, Winter 2015)

SOCY 15 World Society (Fall 2014, Fall 2015)

SOCY 103B Logic and Methods (Summer 2014, Spring 2015)

SOCY 105B Contemporary Social Theory (Winter 2016)

SOCY 126 Sociology of Sex (Spring 2014)