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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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  • Headshot of Professor Kate Bruhn

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

  • Headshot of Professors Smith and Han

UCSB scholars discuss with The Current the rise and what they see as the fall of the Voting Rights Act, which they argue has been largely eviscerated by the Supreme Court.

  • Headshot of Professor Matto Mildenberger speaking

Professor Matto Mildenberger’s work with Yale Project on Climate Change Communication wins prestigious Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award.


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