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 Andrea Campbell

Professor Campbell's interests include American politics, political behavior, public opinion, and political inequality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health policy, and tax policy. 

  1. February 22, 2018 -
    12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Headshot of Hon. Luz Reyes-Martin

The Honorable Luz Reyes-Martin, President of Goleta Unified School District Board of Trustees, Director of Public Affiars and Communications at SBCC

  1. February 21, 2018 -
    2:00pm to 3:15pm
  • Headshot of Professor Susan Hyde, UC Berkeley

Professor Susan Hyde of UC Berkeley will join us as part of our International Speaker Series. Her reserach interests include international influences on domestic politics, with a focus on the developing world International election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion. Mark your calendar now and check back soon for more information about this presentation of the International Speaker Series. 

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

News and Announcements

  • Headshot of Professor Neil Narang

"The spread of advanced technologies may be the central security challenge of the 21st century,” said Neil Narang

Come join us and celebrate the arrival of The Year of the Dog

12:00-1:00 p.m.

2824 Ellison Hall

Wednesday February 15

  • Bruce Bimber with Israel Chora (holding check) and Leslie Irwin

Hats off to UCSB's Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) upon their receving a $500 grant.

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