Trevon Logan first visited UC Santa Barbara as a participant in an intensive summer training program in economics meant to increase diversity in that field by preparing talented students for doctoral work in the discipline.
More than ten years later — and now a noted scholar of economic history and demography, and a champion for diversity in academia — he has returned as a faculty member. Filling an essential and new role at the university, Logan is the inaugural holder of UC Santa Barbara’s North Hall Chair in Economics.
He also will serve as associate dean of social sciences and as faculty equity advisor for the division.
“Our campus is honored and delighted to welcome Professor Trevon Logan as UC Santa Barbara's inaugural North Hall Chair in Economics,” said Chancellor Henry T. Yang. “He is a renowned scholar and award-winning teacher, and we look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to his contributions to our university. Professor Logan's deep expertise in the areas of historical economics and demography will be a great addition and asset to our esteemed economics department, and his dedication to issues of equity and diversity in higher education will benefit our campus and our community.”
“Trevon Logan is a prominent scholar and a committed advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. His scholarship dovetails with these commitments beautifully,” noted Charlie Hale, SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences. “We are extremely pleased that he has joined the economics faculty as North Hall Chair, and that he has agreed to serve as associate dean and faculty equity adviser. His work in this position is sure to be transformative for our division, and for the entire campus.”
Logan comes to UC Santa Barbara from The Ohio State University, where he was the Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics and was awarded the 2014 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Much of his research focuses on economic history, including studies related to public accommodations for African Americans and to health outcomes of black Civil War veterans. He was recently named to a new national committee exploring the issue of reparations.
“This is a really exciting time to think about the role of a university in an increasingly diverse society and I think UC Santa Barbara is a good distillation of that, and is really on that cutting edge,” Logan said. “This campus is experiencing a lot of change in the composition of its student body, so it also is a dynamic time for the university to think about its purpose and mission as a public institution and as a research-intensive institution, serving a large number of first generation students and being a Hispanic-Serving Institution, with a socioeconomically, racially and ethnically diverse student population.”
Committed to expanding diversity across academia — undergraduate, graduate and faculty — Logan in his role with the Division of Social Sciences plans to assess the climate for faculty relative to diversity, and to collaborate with other new members to identify opportunities and challenges with an eye toward potential enhancements.
His larger aims extend to diversifying academic leadership at the highest levels. To that end, Logan and other UC Santa Barbara colleagues will convene a small cohort to discuss exactly that.
“Having a diverse range of administrators beyond the chair level will really influence the way that a university and its culture embodies principles of diversity and inclusion,” Logan said. “We need to be proactive and we need to be deliberate. First generation college students in academic leadership, people from underrepresented groups in academic leadership — that will change the way that colleges and universities operate and will also improve the student experience.”
Logan received his B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.A. degrees in economics and in demography from UC Berkeley (2003); and a Ph.D. in economics, also from UC Berkeley. He was awarded tenure as a professor of economics at The Ohio State University at the age of 32.
Logan has held visiting positions at Princton University’s Center for Health and Well-Being and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and was the youngest-ever president of the National Economics Association.