Melissa Bator

Academic Coordinator


Melissa Bator (PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara) was the CITS Academic Coordinator from 2017 to 2020, and an assistant in CITS for years prior. Melissa coordinated the Information Technology & Society PhD Emphasis Program, managed graduate and undergraduate student workers, administered the Center’s finances, coordinated Center events, and partnered with the Center’s directors in strategic planning and implementation of the Center’s goals and activities. She also started the Sustainable Technology Repair Initiative in 2019 in order to fill a resource gap at UCSB: the provision of affordable, sustainable digital device repair and device maintenance education for UCSB students. Melissa now works in Strategic Research Initiatives in the UCSB Office of Research,