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Affiliated Research Groups, Centers, and Laboratories

professor David Serlin speaks at a podium in a black studio space in front of a small audience

Caption: Associate Professor David Serlin speaks at the Symposium on Disability, Intersectionality and State Violence in 2018 hosted by the Transdisciplinary Disability Studies group

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the Department of Communication collaborate in research groups, centers, and laboratories across UC San Diego. 

Critical Data Studies Working Group

The interdisciplinary CDS Working Group @ UCSD is a forum for discussion and collaboration on issues thematically related to data and society. Critical Data Studies is a widely expanding field whose starting point is the idea that data are not neutral representations of reality, but rather function as a form of power, produced and mobilized to serve a variety of social agendas.

The Democracy Lab

The Democracy Lab is a new collective of scholars and practitioners invested in critical and interdisciplinary approaches to various forms and definitions of Democracy.

Feminist Labor Lab

The Feminist Labor Lab convenes conversation, analysis, and counterpractices that respond to how capitalism and labor process shape life.

Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC)

The Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC) is our oldest affiliated laboratory and a community of interdisciplinary scholars who share an interest in the study of human mind in its cultural and historical contexts.

Nature, Space, and Politics (NSP)

Nature, Space, and Politics convenes around a shared interest in the spatial politics of discourses, imaginations and scientific interventions made in the name of nature. NSP is an interdisciplinary and cross-divisional group of faculty and graduate students working across the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC San Diego funded by the International Institute.

Transdisciplinary Disability Studies (TDS)

Transdisciplinary Disability Studies (TDS) is an interdivisional group that provides a designated forum for intellectual exchange about criticaltransdisciplinary disability studies on the UC San Diego campus.