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. 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. describe the thing at the place for the stuff

In addition to its commitment to research, the department 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. We are distinctive because of our additional emphasis on the Politics of Identity and Politics of the Environment.



Awards and Announcements

The Department of Political Science would like to congratulate Tara ...

Many congratulations to Department Chair and Professor Kate Bruhn for her newest book, Politics and the Pink Tide - A Comparative Analysis of Protest in Latin America. 

We are incredibly proud to have Kate as a member of our faculty and commend her for this incredible contribution to the field of Comparative Politics! 

Please find below the list of Undergraduate Scholarships for Spring 2024. Further details about...