December 21, 2022

Dear Members of Our Campus Community,

It is with great sadness that I write to share with you the news that Professor G. Reginald Daniel of our Department of Sociology passed away on November 29. Professor Daniel was an esteemed colleague, a renowned scholar and author, and a deeply dedicated teacher and mentor. He contributed to our campus community in countless ways over the past 28 years, including serving as the director of graduate studies in Sociology.

Our campus flag will be lowered in Reg’s honor on January 27, 2023. The Department of Sociology is planning a memorial event to be held at Mosher Alumni House on that date. They invite contributions to a memory board for Professor Daniel at They have also established a memorial fund in Reg’s honor, as a tribute to his legacy and impact. The Professor G. Reginald Daniel Memorial Fund will support graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology as well as the ongoing work on Critical Mixed Race Studies; more information is available at

I am honored to share the following remembrance from Professors Paul Spickard and Kip Fulbeck.


G. Reginald Daniel (1949 - 2022)

G. Reginald Daniel, Ph.D., was a much loved professor of Sociology at UCSB, as well as a true pioneer in the field of Critical Mixed Race Studies. A mentor and inspiration to legions of scholars and activists, Reg authored several books including More Than Black? Multiracial Identity and the New Racial Order (2002) and Race and Multiraciality in Brazil and the United States: Converging Paths? (2006), and was the co-editor of Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union (2014). He was also the co-founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies (JCMRS), and served on the advisory boards AMEA (Association of MultiEthnic Americans), the Mixed Heritage Center of MAVIN Foundation, and Project RACE (Reclassify All Children Equally). In recognition of Reg’s longstanding service to multiracial advocacy, he was awarded the Loving Prize at the 5th Annual Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in Los Angeles.



Henry T. Yang