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

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

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

Graduate Student Andrew Elrod dissects the hype behind the career of celebrity capitalist Elon...

  • Photo of Tom Steel

Steel, an undergraduate Philosophy major, considers the impact of the Janus case on trade...

  • Photo-op with immigrant rights activists

David Feldman, a PhD student in UCSB's Sociology Department, has just published "'Pro-Immigrant...