Welcome to the Department of Political Science

For over 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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Faisal Ahmed
Assistant Professor, Princeton University

  1. January 25, 2017 - 11:30am

Devesh Kapur
Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania

  1. February 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

News and Announcements

Political Science Majors working in unpaid internships in a local government agency are invited to apply for the Winter 2017 Larry Adams Scholarship. The scholarship is open to upper division Political Science majors who have a strong GPA.

The California Institute for Water Resources has awarded a grant to Professor Leah Stokes for a study of water policy and conservation in response to the drought in California.  Her project will compare conservation levels across water districts and how various factors relate to conservation outcomes.

Professor Narayani Lasala-Blanco is leading a group of researchers who are seeking to understand how different policies and local contexts affect the integration process of Syrian refugees.  Professor Lasala-Blanco has been awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to continue her research.

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