Political Science - News & Events

News and Announcements

  • Headshot of Professor Eric Smith

Bssed on a forecasting model originally developed by political scientists Michael Lewis-Beck and Tom Rice, Professor Smith anticipates Republicans could lose 38 seats and House majority. 

  • Headshot of Professor Leah Stokes

Professor Stokes connects the dots between Climate Change Policy and the recent fire-flood-mudslide disasters in our own backyard.
"Climate Change in My Backyard," NY Times

  • Schedule for International Speaker Series (January 18, February 8, March 1, April 12 in 2320 Girvetz)

The Political Science Department is pleased to post this reminder that our Speaker Series continues in 2018! Monthly speakers are scheduled from January-April. Lunch will be provided.

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

  • Map showing the projected percentage of registered Republicans who believe that climate change is happening in 2016.
New research shows that Republicans have more varied opinions about climate change than their political leaders suggest
  • Student celebrating graduation
  • Robert Casier Endowment in Political Science
  • The Brankica and Branko Cosic New American Scholarship
  • Mendell Prize in Political Science
  • Headshot of Professor Amit Ahuja

As parents lose control over marriage, Indian society is shaking.

Department Events

  • Headshot of Professor Michael Tesler, Ph.D., UC Irvine

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
  • Headshot of Professor Mark Crescenzi

Professor Mark Crescenzi is Chair of the Department of Political Science, and a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor at the University of North Carolina. He joins us as part of our International Relations Speaker Series in January. 

  1. January 18, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor Emily Ritter

Professor Ritter's work provides insight as to when and how states will cooperate with international institutions, how international institutions impact outcomes through domestic institutions, and the onset and process of domestic conflict. 

More details regarding Professor Ritter's talk will be posted soon.

  1. April 26, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor David Vogel, UC Berkeley

David Vogel's research focuses on business-government relations with a particular emphasis on the comparative and international dimensions of environmental and consumer regulation. He also writes on corporate social responsibility, and religion and environmentalism. 

More details regarding his talk will be posted soon.

  1. April 19, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor James Morrow

Professor James Morrow from the University of Michigan will join us as the final speaker in our exciting International Speaker Series.

  1. April 12, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor Andrea Roemmele

Professor Roemmele's research interests are comparative political communications, political parties and public affairs. 

More details regarding her talk will be posted soon.

  1. April 5, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor Susan Hyde, UC Berkeley

Professor Susan Hyde of UC Berkeley will join us as part of our International Speaker Series. Her reserach interests include international influences on domestic politics, with a focus on the developing world International election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion. Mark your calendar now and check back soon for more information about this presentation of the International Speaker Series. 

  1. March 1, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor Andrea Campbell

Professor Campbell's interests include American politics, political behavior, public opinion, and political inequality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health policy, and tax policy. 

More details regarding her talk will be posted soon.

  1. February 22, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor Michaël Aklin

Professor Aklin's work focuses on international and comparative political economy. He is particularly interested in understanding why some countries are able to reduce their vulnerability to major risks such as financial crises or environmental catastrophes. 

More details regarding his talk will be posted soon.

  1. February 8, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Professor Ashley Leeds

Professor Leeds of Rice University, joins us as part of our International Speaker Series. She is Chair of Rice University's Political Science Department and specializes in the study of international relations, and particularly in the design and influence of cooperative agreements and international institutions. Much of her research has focused on the politics of military alliances. 

More information regarding her talk will be posted soon!

  1. February 8, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

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