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

Andrew Elrod reviews a 2017 collection on growth economics. 

With its August referendum, the “Show-Me” state showed that the right’s assault on organized labor does not stand the test of democracy.

Nelson Lichtenstein speaks with Arielle Concilio of La Izqueirda Diaro and the Monthly Review about the recent teacher strike wave and the transformation of union leadership in the longer arc of U.S. labor history.

Read Shane Hamilton's discussion of supply chain capitalism...

Elizabeth Shermer of Loyola University Chicago dissects the rightwing assault on the labor...

Workshops & Conferences

Levy is an historian of U.S. capitalism, with interests in the relationships between law,...

  1. October 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm