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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  • Flyer for Chia-Chien Chang talk on Thursday May 24 at 12:30 in Girvetz 2320

Doctoral candidate Chia-Chien Chang will speak at the Orfalea Center's Global Security Hub on Who pays for War? Economic Inequality, Financial Strategies, and War.
lunch provided

  1. May 24, 2018 - 12:30pm
  • Flyer for Glasgow talk, May 24 at 12:30 pm, Ellison 3824 - Lane Room

Garrett Glasgow, senior consultant NERA Economic Consulting, will join us for a talk on  The California Voting Rights Act: Legal and Empirical Issues.
lunch provided

  1. May 24, 2018 - 12:30pm
  • Flyer for Wiens talk, May 25, 12:30, Ellison 3824 - Lane Room

David Wiens will talk about Ideal Theories in Political Science: Lessons from Game Theory and Statistics.
lunch provided

  1. May 25, 2018 - 12:30pm

News and Announcements

  • Headshot of Professor John Woolley

The Presidency and the Press: From Reagan to Trump. Watch recording of this panel discussion from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

  • Now Accepting Applications for Temporary Lecturers

The department invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary Lecturers to teach courses in Political Science. Anticipated positions include Summer Session 2018 and possibly into the 2018-19 academic year. 

  • Professors Stokes and Mildenberg giving the thumbs up with other award winners at MPSA

Professor Leah Stokes and Professor Matto Mildenberger received the Patrick J. Fett Award for best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the Presidency.

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