About the Department

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. Housed in a world-class university widely known for its interdisciplinarity, the department is committed to rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, as well as to normative theory.

The Department also prides itself on first-rate teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Our research and teaching cover the traditional fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics, Political Theory, and Research Methods. In collaboration with faculty in other departments and research centers on campus, we also emphasize two cross-cutting areas: Politics of Identity and Politics of the Environment.

Department Leadership
Chair: Kathleen Bruhn
Vice Chair: Cynthia Kaplan
Graduate Advisor: Eric R. A. N. Smith
Director of Graduate Admissions: Neil Narang

Contact Us

Undergraduate Advising Office
Location: Ellison Hall 3838
Telephone: 805-893-4192
Advising Hours: See Advising Page

Main Office
Location: Ellison Hall 3834
Telephone: 805-893-3432
Fax: 805-893-3309
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00-5:00 pm

Mailing Address
Department of Political Science, 9420
The University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9420

Campus Mail Code: 9420
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