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

Racial Justice and Diversity Initiatives

Amanda Pinheiro Racial Justice Diversity Fellow

Congrats to Global Studies PhD Student Amanda Pinheiro who has been awarded our new 2021 Racial Justice Diveristy Fellowship.

Racial Justice and Diversity Resources:

Global Studies Faculty Race-Diversity Publications & Courses

Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming initiatives.


Global News & Views

Read our latest newsletter here, or catch up on our Global Studies department news archive. Welcome to GLOBAL NEWS AND VIEWS--a virtual public space to build our academic community. ​During this time of physical separation and shifting academic conditions, it is more important than ever that we communicate, collaborate, a​nd support each other in re-envisioning our work. Faculty, students, staff and alumni are welcome to share your news to help colleagues​ discover new resources and opportunities for their scholarship, teaching, and collaboration. Submit your news to:


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...