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

  • picture of Nelson Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein is a labor historian at UCSB and director of the Center for the Study of Work,...

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Phelps is a political and intellectual historian of modern America and teaches American Studies...

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Newman is a PhD student at UCSB and is working on a project concerning talent guilds and...

  • Picture of Cody Stephens

Stephens is a PhD student at UCSB and is completing a dissertation on the reception in the...

Workshops & Conferences

Trevor Burnard is the author of Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in...

  1. January 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Marshall Steinbaum, who holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, is Senior...

  1. January 27, 2017 - 1:00pm

Jeff Sklansky is the author of The Soul's Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American...

  1. February 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

A founder of the Tobin Project, Professor Moss is the author of Socializing Security:...

  1. February 17, 2017 - 1:00pm

Professor Furner is the author, most recenlty, of Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the...

  1. March 10, 2017 - 1:00pm