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

See Andrew Elrod's piece on the resurgence of the idea of a universal basic income...

  • Photo of Nelson Lichtenstein

Professor Nelson Lichtenstein has been published in the Winter 2018 edition of The American...

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...

Workshops & Conferences

Durkiewicz, who is writing a dissertation at the New School on the political economy of hog...

  1. January 26, 2018 -
    1:00pm to 3:00pm

In addition to Democracy in Chains (2017), MacLean is the author of the award-winning...

  1. February 2, 2018 -
    1:00pm to 3:00pm