Affiliated Faculty

Jim Blascovich
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

James Blascovich is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology. 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.

John Bowers
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

John Bowers holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition, her directs the Institute for Energy Efficiency and the Center for Energy Efficient Materials. His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks.

Dolores Inés Casillas
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Dolores Inés Casillas is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of Film & Media Studies and Applied Linguistics in addition to CITS at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Her research focuses on immigrant engagement with U.S. Spanish-language media.  She is the author of Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-language Radio and Public Advocacy (NYU Press, 2014), which received two book prizes and co-editor with Maria Elena Cepeda (Williams College) of the Companion to Latina/o Media Studies (Routledge Press, 2016) and co-editor with Mary Bucholtz and Jin Sook Lee (UC Santa Barbara) of Feeling It: Language, Race and Affect in Latinx Youth Learning (Routledge Press, 2018).  Sounds of Belonging has been cited in different media venues, such as, the Associated Press, Pacifica Radio, ABCNEWS.COM, BuzzFeed and National Public Radio (NPR). 

Her current book project examines how Spanish-dominant communities rely and revive specific media industries in the United States from DVD rentals via Red Box and smartphone applications such as What’s App, to language learning media, both online and audio-lingual, like Open English and Inglés Sin Barreras.


Alenda Y. Chang
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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.

  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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.

Norah Dunbar
  • Faculty Research Affiliate
Norah Dunbar is a Professor of Communication and the current chair of that department. Her research interests include deceptive communication, credibility assessment, deception detection, power and
dominance In interpersonal interaction, computer-mediated communication, nonverbal communication, and observational and experimental research methods.
Amr El Abbadi
  • Faculty Research Affiliate
  • Steering Committee Member

 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
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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.