Richard E. Mayer has been a Professor of Psychology at UCSB since 1975. Dr. Mayer’s current research involves the intersection of cognition, instruction, and technology with a special focus on multimedia learning and computer-supported learning. He served as President of the Educational Psychology division of the American Psychological Association and Vice President of the American Educational Research Association for the Learning and Instruction division. He is the winner of the Thorndike Award for career achievement in educational psychology, the Scribner Award for outstanding research in learning and instruction, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award.
Patrick McCray is a Professor in the Department of History. Dr. McCray’s research interests focuses on different technological and scientific communities and their interactions with the public and policy makers – especially newly emerging technologies. McCray was elected to be a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. In 2014 McCray's 2013 book The Visioneers won the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. McCray is currently writing a new book on the interactions between artists, engineers, and scientists from the 1960s to the present.
Miriam Metzger is a Professor in the Department of Communication. Dr. Metzger’s recent work has examined how information technology alters our understandings of trust in the new media environment, with a specific focus on the credibility of information online and on how trust intersects with privacy and disclosure in online social networks. She was ranked in the top 50 most productive and influential scholars in the field of Communication by Thomas Feeley in 2011 and has published her research widely in communication and related fields.
John Mohr, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology. Mohr’s research interests include organizational theory; sociology of culture; historical analysis; the welfare state; and qualitative/quantitative methods. His affiliation with CITS stems from his work as a research team member at the NSF Sponsored Center for Nanotechnology and Society at UCSB, focusing in particular on the organization of episetemic cultures and innovation networks in science and engineering fields.
Christopher Newfield is a Professor of American culture. Newfield’s research focuses on the processes of creativity and innovation, with a double focus on cultural and technological factors. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in a range of technology-dependent industries and has wide experience with the university side of copyright, patenting, and technology transfer.
Constance Penley is a Professor of Film and Media Studies. Penley's research interests include film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. Her most recent work includes NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America and The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender (ed. with Treichler and Cartwright).
Linda Petzold is a professor in the Department of Computer science and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She directs the Computational Science and Engineering graduate emphasis at UCSB. Her research focuses on modeling, simulation and analysis of multiscale systems in systems biology and materials.
Amy Propen is an Assistant Professor of Digital and Multimodal Writing in the Writing Program. Her research interests include visual and material rhetorics, environmental and sustainability rhetorics, digital and posthuman rhetorics, animal studies, human geography, critical cartographies, and critical GIS. She is particularly interested in the connections between multimodal technologies, the posthuman, and environmental and marine species conservation. She is author of Locating Visual-Material Rhetorics: The Map, the Mill, and the GPS, and co-editor of Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman.
Rita Raley is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, where she serves as co-director of the Literature and Culture of Information specialization. She is the author of Tactical Media and has more recently published articles on digital poetics, dataveillance, and interventionist art practices. She is currently co-editing a journal issue on "securing with algorithms" and writing about algorithmic translations.