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.
Greg Siegel is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of Forensic Media: Reconstructing Accidents in Accelerated Modernity (Sign, Storage, Transmission series) (Duke University Press, 2014). His essays have appeared in Cabinet, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Discourse, Grey Room, Rethinking Disney: Private Control, Public Dimensions (Wesleyan University Press, 2005), and Television: The Critical View, 7th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2007). He is currently Co-Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) at UCSB.
Ambuj K. Singh is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with part-time appointments in the Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program and the Technology Management Program. He received a B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are broadly in the areas of network science, machine learning, social networks, and bioinformatics. He has published 200 technical papers over his career. He has led a number of multidisciplinary projects including UCSB’s Information Network Academic Research Center funded by the Army, Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) program on Network Science funded by the NSF, and the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) on Network Science of Teams (https://muriteams.cs.ucsb.
Eric R.A.N. Smith is a Professor of Political Science. Dr. Smith's research focuses on public opinion, elections, and environmental politics. In the area of environmental politics, he has been examining public opinion toward offshore oil development and nuclear power.
Melissa Smith, M.D., is a family medicine physician who has worked in poor communities in the US and Central America for three decades, providing medical care and developing training programs for community health workers and midwives. Dr. Smith is the Director of Health Equity Initiatives at UC Santa Barbara, and Deputy Director of Education and Training for the UC Global Health Institute's Women's Health Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise. Dr. Smith teaches a seminar on Community-based Participatory Research on health disparities at UCSB and leads the Global Health in Mexico program with UC Education Abroad.
Dr. Smith's affiliation with CITS relates to her long-term collaboration with Hesperian Health Guides, producing women's health mobile apps and public health manuals that are translated in many languages and available on Hesperian's open-source digital platform which is accessed by millions of people in the Global South. Dr Smith is lead author of Hesperian's recently published book, Health Actions for Women: Practical Strategies to Mobilize for Change. In 2012, Dr. Smith received the University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Humanitarian award.
Cynthia Stohl is Professor in the Department of Communication, a Fellow and Past President of the International Communication Association, and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. A leading expert in globalization, networks, and organizational processes, her most recent work addresses global organizing, collective action, and corporate social responsibility in the digital media environment. She is currently co- PI on a research grant “Activism, technology and organizing: Transformations in collective action in Aotearoa” funded by the Marsden Fund, part of The Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2012 she received the Outstanding Book award for Collective Action in Organizations: Interaction and Engagement in an Era of Technological Change (co-authored with UCSB Professors Flanagin and Bimber).