Affiliated Faculty

Noah Friedkin
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Noah Friedkin is a Professor of Sociology. His research has concentrated on social networks, and the processes of information and influence flows that unfold in social networks.

Judith Green
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

Judith Green is a Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Green's teaching and research focus on teaching-learning relationships, disciplinary knowledge as socially constructed, and ethnographic research and discourse studies of the patterns of everyday life in both physical and virtual classrooms.

  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Barbara Herr Harthorn is a Professor of  Anthropology, with affiliate positions in the departments of Feminist Studies and Sociology. Her research broadly examines culture and health, health inequality, and technological risk and perception. Her current work in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, where she is a principal investigator, examines nanotechnological risk perception among both experts and diverse US and comparative UK publics.

Jennifer Holt
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Jennifer Holt is an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department who specializes in the study of media industries and regulatory policy. 
She is the author of Empires of Entertainment (2010), and the co-editor of Media Industries (2009); Connected Viewing (2014); and Distribution Revolution (2014). Her current research explores media policy as it relates to global cloud infrastructure and digital distribution, and she is presently working on a monograph entitled Cloud Policy. She is also a founding editorial collective member of the Media Industries journal, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Krzysztof Janowicz
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Krzysztof Janowicz is an Associate Professor for Geographic Information Science in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Janowicz’s research focuses on the geo-spatial semantics and data infrastructures in general. He is the program chair of the Cognitive Science Program and one of two Editors-in-Chief of the Semantic Web journal. He also runs the STKO Lab which investigates the role of space and time for knowledge organization. 

  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Lisa Jevbratt is an Associate Professor in the Art Department and the Media Art Technology program. Her work, ranging from Internet visualization software to biofeedback and interspecies collaboration, is concerned with collectives and systems, the languages and conditions that generate them, and the exchanges within them.

George Legrady
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

George Legrady is a Professor of Interactive Media, with a joint appointment in the Media Arts & Technology program and the Department of Art. He is director of the Experimental Visualization Lab and Chair of the Media Arts & Technology doctoral program. His current research addresses data collection, data processing methodologies and data visualization presented simultaneously in interactive installations and the Internet. Professor Legrady was one of 5 artists commissioned to create an artwork about deep space in collaboration with the Caltech managed NASA Spitzer Space Center in 2008. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Intelligence & Information System grant in 2011, and a National Science Foundation Arctic Social Science Grant in 2012 and the Creative Capital Foundation grant three times amongst many others for his creative work. 

Paul Leonardi
  • Associate Director
  • Faculty Research Affiliate
  • Steering Committee Member

Paul Leonardi is the Duca Family Professor of Technology Management and the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Founding Director of the Master of Technology Management Program at UCSB. He holds appointments in the Technology Management Program and the Department of Communication. Leonardi’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on helping companies create and share knowledge more effectively. He is interested in how implementing new technologies and harnessing the power of informal social networks can help companies take advantage of their knowledge assets to create innovative products and services. Leonardi has won awards for his research from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the National Science Foundation. 

Alan Liu
  • Faculty Research Affiliate
  • Steering Committee Member

Alan Liu is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of English. His central interests include digital humanities, information culture, new media, literary theory, cultural studies, and British Romantic literature and art. Liu is co-founder and leader of the international 4Humanities.org advocacy initiative. Currently he is directing the 4Humanities topic-modeling project titled WhatEvery1Says. Other digital initiatives he has led include Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading, a University of California multi-campus, collaborative research group, and RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment), a software project funded by a NEH Digital Humanities Start-up grant that is the culmination of Transliteracies. In fall 2015, he was a Fulbright Specialist in digital humanities in New Zealand. Liu is currently working on books about critical infrastructure studies in the digital humanities and the relationship between media and history. 

Karen Lunsford
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Karen Lunsford is an Associate Professor of Writing, where she specialize in Writing in the Disciplines. Dr. Lunsford’s individual and collaborative work employs interdisciplinary approaches to understand the writing practices that people engage in within evolving knowledge ecologies, how argument and argumentation are defined in these ecologies, and what roles technologies play in these practices and definitions.

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