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

Lichtenstein is Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of...

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Smemo is a scholar of U.S. labor and political history; Sonti completed a dissertation on the...

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Elrod is a teaching assistant and PhD student at UCSB. He is interested in American corporatism...

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Sonti received his PhD in History from UCSB and now works for UNITE HERE Local 11 in Los Angeles...

History graduate student Andrew Elrod reviews the past and present of the workers' education...

Workshops & Conferences

While completing her dissertation, Rathe is affiliated with the Blum Center for Global Poverty...

  1. May 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

Frank is the author of Local Girl Makes History: Exploring Northern California's Kitsch...

  1. May 6, 2017 -
    9:30am to 3:00pm

He is completing a book, Politics at Work: How Employers Deploy Their Workers to Shape...

  1. May 12, 2017 - 1:00pm

She is the author of American Gandhi: A. J. Muste and the History of Radicalism in the 20th...

  1. May 19, 2017 - 1:00pm