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Welcome to the Department of Political Science

For over half a century, the Department of Political Science at UC Santa Barbara has been home to top scholars engaged in cutting edge research. The Department prides itself on first-rate teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

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Daniel Aldrich
Northeastern University, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs
Co-Director of the Security and Resilience Program


  1. May 3, 2016 - 4:00pm

Lauren Prather
Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Global Policy and Strategy,
UC San Diego

  1. May 5, 2016 - 4:00pm

James Brooks
Professor of History and Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

  1. May 10, 2016 - 4:00pm


A profile of Professor Eric Smith's latest research project on climate change.

Three undergraduate scholarships are available for continuing UCSB Political Science students:

  • The Kevin Patrick Moran Scholarship (public service in the area of conflict resolution)
  • The Louis Lancaster Scholarship for International Studies
  • The Adams Scholarship (public service in a local area internship)


Six of our continuing graduate students have been awarded central fellowshpis for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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