Welcome to the Department of Political Science

For more than 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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Our research results suggest that Donald Trump's presidency will further accelerate the Obama-induced polarization of partisan politics by and over race, and may even usher in a new era of white identity politics.

  1. January 25, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

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Two UCSB Political Science Professors are part of a six year, $2.5 million partnership grant

Tax bill’s attack on higher education undermines America’s economic vitality

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