Affiliated Faculty

Linda Petzold
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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
  • Steering Committee Member
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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.

Laila Shereen Sakr
  • Faculty Research Affiliate
  • Steering Committee Member
Laila Shereen Sakr is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies. With a body of work specializing in computational art, live cinema, data visualization, and media activism, her book manuscript uses media analytics, specifically in Arabic, and live cinema to map how participation among networked publics have influenced the formation of a virtual body politic. This research led her to design the R-Shief media system for real-time archiving and analyzing social media content for over five years and with more than twenty five billion posts, and the cyborg representation of VJ Um Amel.
 
 
 
David Seibold
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Dave Seibold is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Technology Management Program, College of Engineering, and Director of the campus-wide Graduate Program in Management Practice (GPMP) delivered through TMP. He also is a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Communication. His research interests include team processes, innovation and organizational change, collaborative technologies, and organizational communication. An elected Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, he has received numerous career awards for scholarship, teaching and mentoring, and professional service including the Distinguished Career Award from the Group Communication Division of the National Communication Association and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award from the International Communication Association. He also has consulted with more than 75 business, government, and service organizations at over 120 sites. 

Greg Siegel
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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.

Eric Smith
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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.

  • Past Director
  • Faculty Research Affiliate
  • Steering Committee Member

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). 

  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Michael Stohl is a Professor in the Department of Communication and an affiliate faculty member in the departments of Global and International Studies and Political Science. Currently he is Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB. Stohl's research focuses on organizational and political communication with special reference to terrorism, human rights and global relations. Dr. Stohl has been the recipient of three Fulbright Fellowships, to teach at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2013, Administrators in Japan and Korea in 1989 and at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1983. He was awarded Visiting Research Grants for collaborative research on terrorism at the State University of Leiden, The Netherlands, by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappeliijk Onderzoek, in May 1989 and May 1985 and a Royal Marsden Research Grant for New Zealand in 2009. 

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