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UCSB Reads 2023


Each year, a committee of faculty, staff, students, and community partners convene to select an intellectually stimulating, interdisciplinary book by a living author that appeals to a wide range of readers and can be incorporated into the UCSB curriculum. Each committee member suggests two titles to the longlist, which is narrowed down by vote to the "shortlist". The final book is chosen by vote from these five titles. 

2023 Advisory Committee Members

Ingrid Bowman Faculty, Linguistics
Somayeh Dodge Faculty, Geography
Brian Donnelly Faculty, English
Jessica Dubrovner UCSB Undergraduate Student
Kaaronica Evans-Ware UCSB Graduate Student, English
Margaret Fisher UCSB Graduate Student, English
David Gartrell UCSB Librarian
Allison Gray Director, Goleta Valley Public Library
Michelle Grue Faculty, College of Creative Studies and Writing Program
Tomoyuki Ichiba Faculty, Statistics & Applied Probability
Derek Katz Faculty, Music
Erin Khue Ninh Faculty, Asian American Studies
Rebecca Metzger Associate University Librarian for Learning & Engagement, UCSB Library
Erin Nerstad Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
Sharleen O'Brien Director, UCSB Health and Wellness
Caitlin O'Hara

Director of Public Lectures & Special Initiatives, UCSB Arts & Lectures

Behrooz Parhami Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kathy Patterson Faculty, Writing Program
Andrew Plantinga Faculty, Bren School
Alex Regan Events & Exhibitions Librarian, UCSB Library