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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Awards and Announcements

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the Larry Adams Scholarship in Public Policy, established in honor of former UCSB Professor Larry Adams by R. Marilyn Lee, ‘69.

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?

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