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. Housed in a world-class university widely known for its inter-disciplinarity, the department is committed to rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, as well as to normative theory.

The department also prides itself on first-rate teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Our research and teaching cover the traditional fields of international relations, comparative politics, American politics, political theory, and research methods. In collaboration with faculty in other departments and research centers on campus, we also emphasize two cross-cutting areas: politics of identity and politics of the environment.

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Contact Us

Undergraduate Advising
Tel: 805-893-4192

Main Office
Location: Ellison Hall 3834
Tel: 805-893-3432
Fax: 805-893-3309

Undergraduate Advising Hours
See Undergraduate Page

Main Office Hours [PST]
Monday through Friday
8am-12pm and 1-5pm

Mailing address
Department of Political Science, 9420
The University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9420

Campus MailCode: 9420
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Department Newsletter

For an in depth look at our department, the work of our faculty and students, and highlights on alumni, we invite you to read our department newsletters.


  1. September 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Adam Levine, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, will give a talk on Political Communication.


  1. October 22, 2015 - 4:00pm
  1. PS 595 Event


We are pleased to share the Summer 2015 edition of the Department's Newsletter.

Recent Ph.D. graduate, Michael Albert, was interviewed for a Washington Post Blog on "Why leaving the euro could be a nightmare for the Greeks." Albert was interviewed about "dollarization" and "de-dollarization," which was the focus of his dissertation at UCSB.

The Current interviewed Louis Lancaster Chair, Benjamin J. Cohen, on the struggling economies of China and Greece and their impacts on world economies and the U.S. economy. To read Professor Cohen's take on the current international economic situation, see the "Politics of Economics" article on UCSB's The Current.