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


Message from the Department Chair of Global Studies

Dear all,
We are in the midst of unprecedented events,...

Dear Global Studies Community,

The campus will transition to remote instruction for the...

 Hear from students about how they used their grant money to pursue a variety of external professional development opportunities!

  • GS Colloquium March 12th India

Our faculty panel will discuss the BJP government’s attempt at making momentous changes in the functioning of the Indian polity and state, and the resistance from the Indian citizenry for the first time in its five and half years’ rule. This panel will discuss what these changes mean to India and its citizens.