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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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The Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites...

The Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project (GMCL) is a national study of America’s political leadership in the 21st century, with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender.  The project specifically addresses African American, Latina/o, Native American, and Asian American elected officials in U.S. politics.

P.J. Austin, a graduating senior studying Political Science and recent recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, gives his account of his experience this past summer abroad.

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What makes this López Obrador’s particular moment in time, and what does his election mean for Mexico — and for the United States?