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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. We have six research groups led by faculty in our department:


CommPlayground is a space to enable forms of knowledge-production outside traditional academic formats through the development of experimental methodologies.

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

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.

Transdisciplinary Disability Studies (TDS)

Transdisciplinary Disability Studies (TDS) provides a designated forum for intellectual exchange about criticaltransdisciplinary disability studies on the UC San Diego campus