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

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Andrew Elrod, graduate student in UCSB's History PhD program, has recently published a review...

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UCSB's Hull Professor Feminist Studies, Eileen Boris, along with three coauthors, provide the...

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Elizabeth Shermer, UCSB History PhD and Assisstant Professor at Loyola University, has published...

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...

Workshops & Conferences

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Rockman is the author of Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore...

  1. February 16, 2018 -
    1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Chatelain is currently writing a book about race and fast food, From Sit-In to Drive-Thru:...

  1. March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm
  2. March 2, 2018 - 3:00pm