Affiliated Faculty

Joe Walther
  • Director
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Joseph B. Walther is the Mark and Susan Bertelsen Presidential Chair in Technology and Society, and a Distinguished Professor of Communication at UCSB. A behavioral scientist and theorist, his work concentrates on how people present themselves to one another via the Internet and how they use the Internet to shape how they want to be known to each other; how they get to know others and decide who to like or trust, and how they develop relationships online that affect their work or social roles. Applications of his work in personal relationships, online groups, education settings, and inter-ethnic conflict have had a significant influence across a number of fields.

Linda Adler-Kassner
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Linda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing Studies, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters and Science, and Associate Vice Chancelor of Teaching and Learning. Always working at the intersection of research and practice, her interests include how technological affordances shape ideas about good learning and good learners; the datafication of education, learning, and learning processes; and how technological affordances can support learning at scale, i.e., in large lecture-based courses. Dr. Adler-Kassner is an author or co-editor of nine books and dozens of articles and book chapters; she also was awarded UCSB’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. 

 

Divy Agrawal
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Divyakant Agrawal is a Professor of Computer Science whose research expertise is in the areas of database systems, distributed computing, data warehousing, and large-scale information systems. Dr. Agrawal's involvement with CITS reflects his research philosophy, which is to work on data management problems that have both practical as well as theoretical significance. He has published approximately 300 research manuscripts in prestigious forums (journals, conferences, symposia, and workshops) on a wide range of topics related to data management and distributed systems.

  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

Richard P. Appelbaum is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Global and International Studies. Dr. Appelbaum’s affiliation with CITS stems from his interest in the working class and new technologies. He is currently engaged in two principal research projects: a multi-disciplinary study of labor conditions in supply chain networks in the Asian-Pacific Rim and a study of high technology development in China.

Dr. Stephen R. Barley
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

Stephen Barley has written over seventy articles on the impact of new technologies on work, the organization of technical work, and organizational culture.  He edited a volume on technical work entitled Between Craft and Science: Technical Work in the United States published in 1997 by the Cornell University Press. In collaboration with Gideon Kunda of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Barley authored Gurus, Hired Guns and Warm Bodies: Itinerant Experts in the Knowledge Economy, an ethnography of contingent work among engineers and software developers published by the Princeton University Press in 2004.

 
  • Academic Coordinator

Melissa Bator (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) works as an Academic Coordinator for two interdisciplinary research centers on campus: The Center for Information Technology & Society and The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. As the Academic Coordinator for CITS, Melissa coordinates the Information Technology & Society PhD Emphasis Program, assists in the management of both graduate and undergraduate student workers, administers the Center’s finances, coordinates Center events, and acts as a sounding board for the Center’s director.

Melissa is also an experienced facilitator utilizing Liberating Structures in her work with faculty and students to enable collborative groups to more effectively self-organize. Along with her colleague Joanne Nowak, she started the Sustainable Technology Repair Initiative in 2019 in order to fill a student resource gap at UCSB, the provision of affordable, sustainable digital device repair and device maintenance education. 

Melissa's recent research examines digital equity within higher education through a basic needs framework. Her work considers digital stability as a basic need among college students and examines the interconnected nature of students’ basic needs in order to develop appropriate (i.e., trauma-informed) institutional support structures for digital equity within higher education.

Chuck Bazerman
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

Chuck Bazerman is a Professor Emeritus of Education. His affiliation with CITS stems from his research concerning the history of scientific writing, other forms of writing used in advancing technological projects, and the relation of writing to the development of disciplines of knowledge. He served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He is founder of the International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research. His study The Languages of Edison's Light was awarded Best Book of 1999 in History of Science and Technology.

  • Steering Committee Member
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Elizabeth M. Belding is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Elizabeth’s research focuses on mobile and wireless networking, including network performance analysis, and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). Her work has focused on improving Internet accessibility in developing communities worldwide. She is the founder and director of the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Laboratory. Elizabeth is the author of over 100 technical papers and has served on over 60 conference technical program committees. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow. She received the UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2012 and the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award in 2015 for her mentorship of graduate students. She was the Associate Director of CITS from 2012-2015.

Bruce Bimber
  • Past Director
  • Steering Committee Member
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Bruce Bimber is a Professor in the departments of Political Science and (by affiliation) Communication. Dr. Bimber’s research examines the relationship between digital media and patterns in human behavior, especially in the domains of political organization and collective action. He is a founder and Director Emeritus (from 1999-2006) of the Center for Information Technology and Society. He is a fellow of the International Communication Association. 

Jim Blascovich
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

James Blascovich is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. His two major research interests are social motivation and social influence within technologically mediated environments. He uses immersive virtual environment technology to empirically investigate social influence processes within virtual environments including conformity, non-verbal communication, collaborative decision-making, and leadership.

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