About CCS Dean Gerardo Aldana

CCS Dean Gerardo Aldana
CCS Dean Gerardo Aldana

Gerardo Aldana, professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the Department of Anthropology at UCSB, became Dean of the College of Creative Studies on July 1, 2020.  

His first and foremost commitment is to students. As a professor, mentor, and friend, he aims to make possible a transformational experience for students and to partner with the faculty to enhance the CCS experiential learning environment—a signature feature of the College. If you see someone aggressively paddling a kayak as he makes his way to campus, rest assured it is Dean Aldana!  

Dean Aldana holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Irvine, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University. His area of research specialization is histories and philosophies of indigenous Mayan sciences, both ancient and contemporary. Read more.

Messages from the Dean

Dean Aldana is committed to engaging the CCS community—students and their families, faculty, alumni, and friends of the College.  He is passionate and committed to providing our students with a strong sense of belonging at CCS by building a community that embraces diverse representation and inclusive learning environments to inspire students to achieve thought leadership in their chosen majors and become change agents in their professions and careers. 

Connect with Dean Aldana through his messages and videos as well as events. 

Events with the Dean

  • May 20, 2021: Amid a Pandemic Lecture Series: Gerardo Aldana, Considering the Intellectual Costs of Conquest
  • April 22, 2021: The CCS Lounge (#3): Women in Science
  • January 28, 2021: The CCS Lounge (#2): COVID-19 Impact on UCSB Teaching, Research, and Campus Life
  • October 30, 2020: The CCS Lounge (#1): Jazz It Up with the CCS Dean

Associate Deans

Leroy Laverman

CCS Associate Dean Leroy Laverman
CCS Associate Dean Leroy Laverman

Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Dr. Laverman attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA where he earned a B.S. in Chemistry in 1993. He worked in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Ford at UCSB studying mechanisms of reactions of nitric oxide (NO) with metalloporphyrins and heme proteins and earned his Ph.D. in 1999. He started teaching at UCSB in 2000 and is a co-author of the general chemistry textbook, "Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight", 6th Edition published in 2013. Dr. Laverman has served as an Associate Dean at CCS since 2016. 

Swati Chattopadhyay

CCS Associate Dean Swati Chattopadhyay
CCS Associate Dean Swati Chattopadhyay

Swati Chattopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian specializing in modern architecture and urbanism, and the cultural landscape of the British empire. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Grant, a Fellowship from the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Queen Mary, University of London, a Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, University of London, and the Society of Architectural Historian's Founder's Award. She is a Founding Editor of PLATFORM, and has served as a director of the Subaltern-Popular Workshop, a University of California Multi-campus Research Group, and as the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH). She is the author of Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005; paperback 2006), and Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (Minnesota, 2012). She has co-edited two books with Jeremy White: City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space (Routledge, 2014) and Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture (Taylor and Francis, 2019). In 2018 she was named as a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians for a lifetime of significant contributions to the field.