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.


Kentucky Republicans wage a county-by-county war on organized labor.

A labor analysis of the adult film industry in Jacobin.

Home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights.


Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein on home healthcare workers.

Events, Upcoming


Wright is the author of Sharing the Prize: the Economics of the Civil Rights...

  1. April 10, 2015 - 1:00pm


Green is the author of Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black...

  1. May 22, 2015 - 1:00pm