Global Studies Faculty Retreat 2023

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

Professor Anshu Malhotra hosts the Kapany Conference, May 2022

MA Graduate Students Visit Direct Relief

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

When UCSB’s pioneering Global & International Studies Program was 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. The GISP Program has now expanded to become the Department of Global Studies and has added a highly successful Masters Program in Global Studies, an influential PhD in Global Studies, and a PhD Emphasis for students in other departments. 

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

UCSB Global Studies Department statement on withholding grades


The faculty of the Global Studies Department at the University of California Santa Barbara supports the 2022 UAW Strike of academic workers represented by UAW 2865, UAW 5810, and SRU-UAW. UC graduate workers, postdoctoral scholars, and academic researchers make our core missions of research and education possible. Systemic changes to address cost of living crises that affect student accessibility and opportunity within the UC system are long overdue.


The Global Studies department faculty members express their support of these workers, and stand in solidarity with the strikers. We will not perform—or hire others to perform—work that would ordinarily be done by a striking graduate student, postdoc, or researcher. We pledge grade withholding and grade submission for the Fall 2022 quarter, in solidarity with faculty who cannot post grades without graduate labor. In addition, as we affirmed in our last statement, we will not engage in retaliation based on academic workers' participation or non-participation in strike activities in all matters under our direct control, and we will publicly oppose unlawful retaliation measures against either striking students or faculty respecting the picket line, should these be proposed by the University.