Barbara EndemaƱo Walker has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Anthropology and African Studies from UCLA. She concurrently serves as the Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives at UCSB. Prior to joining the Office of Research, she was an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at UCSB. Her research and publications focus on broadening participation in higher education and STEM, the political ecology of marine resources, and gender and the environment, and she has conducted field work in Ghana, French Polynesia, Mexico, and California. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, NOAA Sea Grant, the Social Science Research Council, and the Department of Education, among others. She was a founding board member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), and she leads national and state-wide projects that focus on broadening participation in higher education in the context of the research enterprise. Through the Center for Research, Excellence, and Diversity in Team Scholarship (CREDITS), she oversees programs that increase the capacity for diverse science teams and provide tools for university leadership to enact institutional transformation. She also leads the California Alliance for Hispanic-serving Social Science Advancement (CAHSSA) which strengthens community-based research and public scholarship in the social sciences to align with the Hispanic-serving mission of the majority of institutions of higher education in California. She serves on two advisory committees at the National Science Foundation (NSF): The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) and the Business Operations and Advisory Committee (BOAC). She is also co-author of the book Funding Your Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Practical Guide to Grant and Fellowship Proposals (Routledge 2017).

Contact for: humanities, arts, social science, education, and interdisciplinary research; consulting on conceptualizing, developing, and refining proposals for extramural funding; facilitating research team development and building capacity for effective teams; presenting workshops and seminars on various research and proposal writing topics; facilitating interactions between faculty and agency program directors; new faculty orientation; and assistance with long term strategic planning and career mentoring.