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

The survey, written by Billy Febuary, Andrew Good, and Mike Hui can be found...

Many at UC Santa Barbara and the Center found the work of Judith Stein highly instructive. Her...

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

Steve Fraser and Nelson Lichtenstein discuss the idea of the mass political strike, as both...

Dissent on-line has published Nelson Lichtenstein's analysis of creeping Trumpism, even...