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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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James Brooks
Professor of History and Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

  1. May 10, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • Steve Boilard

Interested in a career in government?  Consider applying to the Capital Fellows Program to get a head start.

  1. May 16, 2016 -
    2:00pm to 3:30pm

Graduate students, faculty, and staff are inivited to paricipate in an informal brown bag lunch.

  1. May 19, 2016 - 12:00pm


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

Recent graduate Julian Gottlieb (PhD, 2015) received the 2016 Best Dissertation Award given by the Western Political Science Association for "The Protest News Framing Cycle: How News Attention and Framing Change Over the Course of a Protest."

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)


Support Political Science

We invite you to be part of the Department’s success in educating the next generation of leaders. For more information, please visit our department giving page.