Tagart Cain Sobotka, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor | Sociologist

University of California, Santa Barbara

I am a teacher, researcher, and human with interests in the areas of deviance, gender, medical sociology, social psychology, and substance use. 

I am a passionate teacher and mentor. Coming from a first generation, low-income background, I place great importance on creating an inclusive learning environment and providing guidance to ensure the success of students from all backgrounds. 

In my research, I utilize a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the ways identity processes and diffuse cultural beliefs create and maintain larger forms of inequality, particularly in the areas of health and gender.  My current research examines these processes in the context of two contemporary social issues: 1) the opioid crisis and 2) masculinity and the stalled gender revolution. 

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