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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  • 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 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 Tse-min Lin

Professor Tse-min Lin from UT Austin will join us to share his research on The Perils of P-Values.

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

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.

Support Political Science

We invite you to be part of the Department’s success in educating the next generation of leaders. For more information, please visit our department giving page.