Why is building a wall on our southern border a waste of tax dollars? We discuss broad trends in communication and transportation infrastructure over the last fifty years to understand why physical obstacles may perform only symbolic, political needs in this age of migration.

  • Youssef Benzarti

Get to know Youssef Benzarti, assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara's Department of Economics. 

With major gift for social science research, Louise and Stephen Pahl aim to foster interdisciplinary solutions to array of societal challenges.

Flying south about a thousand feet above Montecito, the Army Blackhawk helicopter lurched hard toward the Pacific Ocean on the right, dove and made a stomach-churning U-turn. 

KCSB's Tianyi Huang speaks with Professor Amber VanDerwarker, from the Department of Anthropology, about why women in Archaeology choose careers in cultural resource management (CRM) over academia and inequalities in the field.

The story of Floyd Norma's life and career is told with wit and flair in the documentary “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.” It will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in UC Santa Barbara’s Pollock Theater. Norman will join moderator Vilna Bashi Treitler, chair of the campus’s Department of Black Studies, for a post-screening discussion.


If we consider the most pressing of the world’s problems, climate change stands out as a bleak beacon of doom. Another challenge — potentially widescale migration — is less well known, but Lisa Sun-Hee Park, professor and chair of Asian American studies at UC Santa Barbara, says the two are linked and demand our attention now.

Please join the Department of Chicano/a Studies for a two-day conference in a year honoring the dramatic events that gave rise to Chicano/a Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and to the transformative contributions of Chicano/a and Latinx students, staff and faculty to the intellectual life of the University over the following 50 years.

The 50th Anniversary of El Plan de Santa Bárbara Conference will take place on February 22-23, 2019.

Two out of five girls in Sub-Saharan Africa marry under the age of 18. A global movement to end “child marriage” often assumes that they are coerced into marrying by their families at a cost to their schooling, mental health and physical wellbeing.