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March 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Alum Named Sociology Professor at Santa Barbara City College

Ohio University alum Dr. Patrick O’Brien ’04, ’06M is a new sociology professor at Santa Barbara City College.

Patrick O'BrienHe studied psychology and sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

The Channels reports “SBCC hires a second full-time sociology professor.”

An eight-year search for a second full-time sociology professor has come to an end with the hiring of Dr. Patrick O’Brien last fall.

City College’s sociology department had 232 students in the fall of 2014, and the only full-time sociology professor, Department Chair Jill Stein. She has worked at the college for the past 13 years.

“I’m thrilled to have Dr. O’Brien in our department,” Stein said. “We have synergy that is greater than the sum of our parts. He hit all the marks as to what the college wanted. He is a great fit, has all the right skills, and is committed for the long term.”

O’Brien spent the past 10 years bouncing back and forth across the country. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Ohio University, and went on to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

He later was an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, however, Santa Barbara won his heart and he plans to make City College a permanent home.


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