List of University of California, Santa Barbara alumni

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This page lists notable alumni and students of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nobel laureates[edit]

UCSB Award winners
Carol Greider, B.A. 1983 – 2009 Nobel Prize winner
Michael Douglas, B.A. 1968 – two-time Academy Award winner

MacArthur Fellows[edit]

The MacArthur Fellows Program is also known as the "MacArthur Fellowship" or "Genius Grant."

  • Amir Abo-Shaeer, B.S. 1996, M.S. 1998, M.Ed. 2001 – high school physics teacher and mechanical engineer; 2010 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Angela Belcher, B.S. 1991, Ph.D. 1997 – materials scientist and W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT; 2004 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Robin Fleming, B.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1984 – medieval historian and Department of History professor at Boston College; 2013 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Edith Widder, M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1982 – oceanographer and marine biologist; 2006 MacArthur Fellowship

Pulitzer Prize[edit]

  • Bob Sipchen, B.A. 1976 – two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Communications Director of the Sierra Club

Academy Awards[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]


UCSB Academics
Reza Aslan, Ph.D 2009 – Iranian-American author, commentator and religious scholar

Arts, entertainment, and literature[edit]

UCSB Arts, Entertainment, and Literature Alumni
Benjamin Bratt, B.F.A. 1986 – actor
Josh Elliott, B.A. 1993 – television host
Jack Johnson, B.A. 1997 – musician
Harvey Levin, B.A. 1972 – founder of TMZ



Business leaders and entrepreneurs[edit]

Government, law, and public policy[edit]


Other notable alumni[edit]


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