Welcome to the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy

The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy is an interdisciplinary research and education initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara that aims to expand public understanding and discussion of important issues facing working people. In cooperation with the Department of History, the Center administers an undergraduate minor in Labor Studies and a graduate-level Colloquium in Work, Labor and Political Economy. The Center also hosts conferences and workshops that contribute to an understanding, of the issues and ideas, past and present, illuminating the character of American capitalism and the working class that sustains it.

Essays & Interventions

Center alumnus Samir Sonti writes in Jacobin on what communities can learn from the teachers'...

Graduate student Andrew Elrod writes...

Nelson Lichtenstein describes what's at stake in Los Angeles public schools.

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In Jacobin, Center alumnus Samir Sonti reviews the recent autobiography of Federal Reserve...

Professor Lichtenstein spoke at a hearing December 4 held by the City Council of Santa Barbara...