Faculty Retreat at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to discuss their vision for Global Studies (April, 2019)

Global Studies MA and PhD students attend the Human Rights Watch Gala

Refugio State Beach Field Trip (Photo by: Emily Roehl)

Global Studies 2018 Cohort students and Department Chair Prof. Alison Brysk

Global Studies Department hosts 2018 UCSB Mellichamp-Orfalea Human Rights Workshop by Prof. Alison Brysk

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 will welcome the third cohort of PhD students this fall.

About the Department


PhD Global Studies students win research awards from Graduate Division & external agencies to support research: Tym Chajdas, Sylvia Cifuentes, Sarp Kurgan, Mariah Miller, Pratik Raghu.

Appy for a Teaching Assistant position with the Global Studies Department in 2019-20

At the recent Sikh Studies Conference held at University of California at Riverside, UCSB Global...

PhD Grad Sylvia Cifuentes won an award for her research titled “Living Forests: A Multi-Scale Analysis of Indigenous Knowledge(s) and Ontologies in a Pan-Amazonian Climate Initiative.”

Professor Javiera Barandiarán and co-authors Tristan Partridge and Mona Damluji discuss the new oil development in Santa Barbara county

The Global Studies Colloquium Series in conjunction with the Orfalea Endowment for the Master's Program in Global Studies is proud to present our Winter 2019 schedule. The theme of the series is how scholars engage with the global.

  • Barandiaran featured in the UCSB Current

Professor Barandiarán explores the interplay of science and the environment in neoliberal Chile.