The Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative housed at the University of California, Santa Barbara supports an interdisciplinary intellectual community of scholars and students invested in thinking critically about race, ethnicity, nation, culture, and power. Hemispheric methodologies and research demonstrate a particular interest in comparison, interaction, overlap and movement between people, locales, and ideas.

The initiative is especially attentive to the following themes: 1) translocal and transnational affiliations and networks; 2) transnational conflict and cooperation; 3) contested spatial dynamics and registers; 4) alternative histories, futures, and notions of time; 5) bio-politics and race as a crucial feature of southernness; and 6) socio-economic policies and actions intended to alter, extend, or supplant aspects of southernness.


News: UCSB Scholar, Graduate Students Create Social Justice Handbook Series

“The UC Santa Barbara Scholar says that while the social upheaval of last years has felt new, it’s part of a terrible pattern we’ve seen for generations.”

-KCLU, NPR for the California Coast