Affiliated Faculty

Andrew Flanagin
  • Past Director
  • Steering Committee Member
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Andrew Flanagin is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Director Emeritus (2009-2012) of the Center for Information Technology and Society. Dr. Flanagin’s research focuses on how communication and information technologies structure and extend human interaction, with particular emphases on processes of organizing and information sharing and evaluation.

James Frew
  • Steering Committee Member
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

James Frew is an Associate Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and a principal investigator at the University’s Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS). His research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. His current research focuses on geospatial information provenance, discovery, and curation, using remote sensing data products generated by his Environmental Information Laboratory as operational test beds. 

Noah Friedkin
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Noah Friedkin is a Professor of Sociology. His research has concentrated on social networks, and the processes of information and influence flows that unfold in social networks.

Jennifer Gibbs
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Jennifer Gibbs (Ph.D, Annenberg School of Communication at USC, 2002) is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on collaboration in global teams and other distributed work arrangements, as well as the affordances of new technologies such as social media for strategic communication practices. Her current projects include studies of: 1) social media and organizational knowledge sharing, 2) global virtual team collaboration, 3) social support and normative control in online communities, and 4) distraction and the role of new technologies. 

Judith Green
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

Judith Green is a Professor Emerita of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Green's teaching and research focus on teaching-learning relationships, disciplinary knowledge as socially constructed, and ethnographic research and discourse studies of the patterns of everyday life in both physical and virtual classrooms.

  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Barbara Herr Harthorn is a Professor of  Anthropology, with affiliate positions in the departments of Feminist Studies and Sociology. Her research broadly examines culture and health, health inequality, and technological risk and perception. Her current work in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, where she is a principal investigator, examines nanotechnological risk perception among both experts and diverse US and comparative UK publics.

Jennifer Holt
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Jennifer Holt is an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department who specializes in the study of media industries and regulatory policy. She is the author of Empires of Entertainment (2010), and the co-editor of Media Industries (2009); Connected Viewing (2014); and Distribution Revolution (2014). Her current research explores media policy as it relates to global cloud infrastructure and digital distribution, and she is presently working on a monograph entitled Cloud Policy. She is also a founding editorial collective member of the Media Industries journal, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Krzysztof Janowicz
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Krzysztof Janowicz is an Associate Professor for Geographic Information Science in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Janowicz’s research focuses on the geo-spatial semantics and data infrastructures in general. He is the program chair of the Cognitive Science Program and one of two Editors-in-Chief of the Semantic Web journal. He also runs the STKO Lab which investigates the role of space and time for knowledge organization. 

  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Lisa Jevbratt is an Associate Professor in the Art Department and the Media Art Technology program. Her work, ranging from Internet visualization software to biofeedback and interspecies collaboration, is concerned with collectives and systems, the languages and conditions that generate them, and the exchanges within them.

George Legrady
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

George Legrady is a Professor of Interactive Media, with a joint appointment in the Media Arts & Technology program and the Department of Art. He is director of the Experimental Visualization Lab and Chair of the Media Arts & Technology doctoral program. His current research addresses data collection, data processing methodologies and data visualization presented simultaneously in interactive installations and the Internet. Professor Legrady was one of 5 artists commissioned to create an artwork about deep space in collaboration with the Caltech managed NASA Spitzer Space Center in 2008. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Intelligence & Information System grant in 2011, and a National Science Foundation Arctic Social Science Grant in 2012 and the Creative Capital Foundation grant three times amongst many others for his creative work. 

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