Dana Y. Takagi

DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department
AffiliationsLatin American & Latino Studies,
Stevenson College,
College Ten
Phone831-459-3140 (office)
Web Site Faculty Webpage
OfficeRachel Carson College, Sociology, Room 329
Office HoursTuesdays and Thursdays 9:35 - 11:30; and by appointment
Campus Mail StopCollege Eight Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Dana Y. Takagi

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

Courses Taught

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