Book Launch Party for Professor Clitandre with writer Edwidge Danticat
Book Launch Party for Professor Clitandre with guest writer Edwidge Danticat (May, 2019)

MA Graduate Students Visit Direct Relief

Global Studies Faculty Retreat 2019

Mellon Sawyer Seminar Refugio State Beach Field Trip 2019 (Photo by: Emily Roehl)

UCSB Global Studies Professor Alison Brysk hosts 2018 Mellichamp-Orfalea Human Rights Workshop

Welcome to Global Studies at UCSB

January 2017 marked the seventeenth anniversary of the establishment of UCSB’s pioneering Global & International Studies Program. When established in early 1999, it was widely recognized as one of the nation's first interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in international studies to focus on globalization. Today, the Program is now the Department of Global Studies and has a highly successful Masters Program in Global Studies, a PhD emphasis in Global Studies, and a growing PhD in Global Studies program.

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding globalization as a multidimensional, multi-level and historical process. Global Studies bridges social science and humanistic approaches to analyze the social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic consequences of global flows, institutions, and processes. Global Studies scholarship is motivated by engagement with contemporary transnational social problems across multiple theoretical perspectives and methodologies.

About the Department

The Department of Global Studies faculty stands in solidarity with the graduate students in their pursuit of a contract that includes a substantial increase in salaries to bring them out of rent burden. Our support is based on the recognition of graduate students as foundational to the Department’s research and teaching mission. Structural inequalities are undermining the public mission of the University of California and a fair contract for graduate students is a step towards addressing these.


We call on the UC administration to negotiate in good faith with the unions representing graduate students. As required by law, as a department we will not penalize graduate students in any way for engaging in this strike nor will we endorse any disciplinary measures directed at graduate students who have participated in the strike. In addition, we will be following the progress of negotiations and will be prepared to consider additional actions. These include but are not limited to communicating with undergraduates about the strike, withholding grades or canceling classes.


We will keep channels of communication open with all graduate students regardless of their involvement and participation in the strike.



Global Studies PhD Amanda Pinheiro's article "A Letter to the Four Haitian...

UC Santa Barbara's Graduate Student Internship Fellowship assists graduate...

The Department of Global Studies' Colloquium Series is a lecture and lunch series, which has...