Welcome to the Center for Information Technology and Society at UC Santa Barbara

CITS is a vibrant and effective network of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education that seeks to understand and help shape the complex development, use, and social effects of information technologies. We foster cutting edge research across engineering, social sciences, and humanities through dynamic connections with academia, industry, and government.

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On 31 July 2016 so-called Islamic State (IS) released issue 15 of their online English-language...

  1. April 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
  • Dr. Ulrike Klinger

Europeans seem to be more reluctant to embrace social media in political communication than...

  1. April 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

The growing membership of for-profit academic networks such as Academia.edu and ResearchGate has...

  1. May 1, 2017 - 4:00pm


UC Santa Barbara, one of America’s leading public research universities, seeks applicants for a faculty position and holder of the Bertelsen Presidential Chair in Information Technology and Society. Applicants should have a distinguished record of empirical scholarship addressing societal, political, organizational, or cultural implications of the Internet and related information-based technologies. In particular we seek applications from scholars whose work shows intellectual leadership and engagement across disciplines. The Bertelsen chair holder will be expected to assume the directorship of the Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS) for at least three years. Established in 1999, CITS is a vibrant network of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education about the complex development, use, and effects of information technologies. The Center fosters research across the social sciences, humanities, and engineering. The appointment will be in the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, or Communication as appropriate, with an affiliation possible in other departments across campus. We are flexible with respect to discipline and applicants are especially invited in sociology, political science, communication, media studies, computational social science, and information science. The appointment will be made at the associate or full professor level. 
Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to the appropriate sections of the job search website: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00811 . Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Paul Leonardi, at leonardi@tmp.ucsb.edu or at 805-893-5414. This position will remain open until filled. For primary consideration all application materials, including names and contact information for three references, must be received by October 25, 2016. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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