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Department Overview

The UCSD Department of Ethnic Studies emphasizes comparative, analytic, and relational study of ethnicity and race in the United States. Our fields of emphasis include intercultural communication and conflict, population histories of America, ethnicity and identity, immigration and assimilation, ethnic politics and social movements, race and racism, urban ethnicity, gender and ethnicity, intellectual and cultural histories of ethnic groups, cultural pluralism, national integration, language and ethnic life, and mass media representations of ethnic identity.

Contact Information

Visit our Administration page for information on how to contact specific staff members. 

The Department of Ethnic Studies is located in the Social Sciences Building on the Eleanor Roosevelt Campus of UCSD. 

Mailing Address

Department of Ethnic Studies
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, M/C 0522
La Jolla, CA 92093

Office Location

Social Science Building
2nd Floor, Suite 201
Eleanor Roosevelt Campus

Phone and Fax

Phone: (858) 534-3276

Fax: (858) 534-8194

Office Hours*

Tuesday - Thursday 8am - 12pm and 1pm - 4:30pm

The office is closed 12pm - 1pm daily for lunch.

Office staff available virtually on Mondays and Fridays

*Staff working remotely through July and August, 2024


The Deparment of Ethnic Studies is located in the Social Sciences Building, Suite 201 (2nd floor). Click on the map below for an interactive map of the UCSD campus. 

Map of the Social Science Building at UC San Diego

Driving Instructions

Take either Genesee Ave or La Jolla Village Dr. west to N. Torrey Pines Rd. Pangea Dr. is located between these two roads. Turn on Pangea Dr. and park in structure on left. Walk up Pangea Dr. to the end of the road. The building at the end of the road is the Social Sciences Building. The Department of Ethnic Studies is located in room 201. 

Parking Instructions

The best lot to park in is the Pangea Parking Structure or the Hopkins Parking Structure.