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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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Symposium on indigenous education in the 21st century.
To Register: bit.ly/wespeak2017

  1. February 24, 2017 -
    8:15am to 5:00pm

Getting Published: General Advice & Specific Strategies

  1. March 7, 2017 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

David Laitin
Stanford University, Political Science

  1. March 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

News and Announcements

Three Political Science graduate students/alumni have recently accepted job offers: Tristin Beckman (Oxford University), Rhoanne Esteban (Wesleyan University), and Cecilia Farfan Mendez (University of California San Diego).

Professor Neil Narang won the award for "Best Paper" of the year on Conflict Processes from the American Political Science Association for his paper titled, "A Strategic Logic of Attacking Aid Workers: Evidence from Violence in Afghanistan, 2008 – 2012".

Political Science Majors working in unpaid internships in a local government agency are invited to apply for the Winter 2017 Larry Adams Scholarship. The scholarship is open to upper division Political Science majors who have a strong GPA.

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