Rank and file
The U.S. News and World Reports annual graduate school rankings are out now and UCSB's sociology department fared quite well in two categories: We're number 6 in culture and number 2 in sex & gender. Our culture program has been ranked right around this number for a while now, but it is the first year that the magazine has included a sex & gender ranking. The methodology used is not without its problems, but it's still pretty nice to see.
Regarding the sex & gender list, Jeremy Freese made the interesting observation that of all of the sociology subfields ranked, and all but one other of any of the 25 social science subfields ranked, sex & gender is the only one to have a complete lack of Ivy League schools.