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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Pradeep Chhibber
Univeristy of California Berkeley, Political Science

  1. January 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Faisal Ahmed
Assistant Professor, Princeton University

  1. January 25, 2017 - 11:30am

Devesh Kapur
Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania

  1. February 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

News and Announcements

The California Institute for Water Resources has awarded a grant to Professor Leah Stokes for a study of water policy and conservation in response to the drought in California.  Her project will compare conservation levels across water districts and how various factors relate to conservation outcomes.

Professor Narayani Lasala-Blanco is leading a group of researchers who are seeking to understand how different policies and local contexts affect the integration process of Syrian refugees.  Professor Lasala-Blanco has been awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to continue her research.

Professor Pei-te Lien's new co-authored book Contested Transformation provides the first comprehensive survey of people of color elected to public office. Jim Logan interviewed Professor Lien for a story on UCSB's Current.

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