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

Low-wage workers in the Santa Barbara area are not reaping the benefits of an improved economy,...

Domestic workers and their employers, labor advocates and the general public, have a stake in...

Workshops & Conferences

Desmond King is author (with Rogers Smith) of Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in...

  1. February 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm