Dolores Inés Casillas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicano Studies. Her research focuses on U.S. Spanish language media, radio and sound politics, language politics, gender and immigration, and Latino popular culture.
Alenda Y. Chang is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies (Ph.D. Rhetoric, UC Berkeley). With a multidisciplinary background in biology, literature, and film, she specializes in merging environmental criticism with the analysis of contemporary media. Her writing has been featured in a number of journals, including Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Qui Parle, and electronic book review. While at Berkeley, Chang served on the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media and worked as the executive producer for AirQuest, a civic-action game designed to motivate young people to learn more about air-quality issues in their local communities as well as the triggers and risk factors for asthma. She also maintains an informal resource blog for game studies and environmental humanities scholars.
Dr. Chang was featured in WalletHub's recent piece about the best and worst cities for gamers.
Dorothy Chun is a Professor in the Department of Education. Professor Chun has conducted studies on cognitive and social process in learning with multimedia and has authored courseware for language and culture acquisition. Since 2000, she has been the Editor in Chief of the online journal Language Learning and Technology and her most recent publication “Cultura-inspired intercultural exchanges: Focus on Asian and Pacific languages” was published in 2014. Her work on how technology can be used to promote learning in college classrooms in a variety of subjects has been supported by a Mellon grant.
Jon Cruz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Department of Asian American Studies. Dr. Cruz's teaching areas and research interests include culture; the sociology of knowledge; American racial history; and media.
Jeremy Douglass is an Assistant Professor of English at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he directs Transcriptions, a center for research in literature, culture, media, and the digital humanities. Douglass currently conducts research on interactive narrative, electronic poetry, and games, with a particular focus on applying the methods of software studies, critical code studies, and information visualization to the analysis of digital texts. Douglass been supported by agencies including the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, MacArthur Foundation, Mellon Foundation, ACLS, Calit2, HASTAC, and NERSC.
Deceptive Communication, Credibility Assessment, Deception Detection, Power and Dominance In Interpersonal Interaction, Computer-Mediated Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Observational and Experimental Research Methods
Amr El Abbadi is a Professor of Computer Science and the former chair of the department. Dr. Abbadi’s research interests are in the fields of fault-tolerant distributed systems and databases which addresses how to manage the ever increasing amount of data being generated and analyzed. To this end, he has been involved in designing systems and database support for collaborative environments with special interest in social media applications and issues related to privacy preservation. Professor Abbadi is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS and served as a board member of the VLDB Endowment from 2002 - 2008 as well as the Executive Committee of the Technical Committee of Data Engineering (TCDE).
Anna Everett is a Professor of Film & Media Studies. Dr. Everett works in the fields of film and TV history/theory, African-American film and culture, and Digital Media Technologies. She is the author of Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism, 1909-1949 (Duke Univ. Press, 2001) and is currently at work on a book titled Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace.
Andrew Flanagin is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Director Emeritus (2009-2012) of the Center for Information Technology and Society. Dr. Flanagin’s research focuses on how communication and information technologies structure and extend human interaction, with particular emphases on processes of organizing and information sharing and evaluation.
James Frew is an Associate Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and a principal investigator at the University’s Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS). His research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. His current research focuses on geospatial information provenance, discovery, and curation, using remote sensing data products generated by his Environmental Information Laboratory as operational test beds.