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 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 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.
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).
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.
Matthew Turk is a Professor and Department Chair in the Computer Science Department and former chair of the Media Arts and Technology Program. Dr. Turk's research is primarily in computer vision and human-computer interaction. He co-directs the Four Eyes Lab, which focuses on the "four I's" of imaging, interaction, and innovative interfaces. He is on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems and the Journal of Image and Vision Computing, and he is on advisory boards of several international conferences. He has received several paper awards and is an IEEE Fellow, an IAPR Fellow, and the recipient of the 2011-2012 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies.
Cristina Venegas is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies. Dr. Venegas focuses her research on international media with an emphasis on Latin America, Spanish-language film and television in the U.S., and digital technologies. She has written about film and political culture, revolutionary imagination in the Americas, telenovelas, contemporary Latin American cinema, co-productions and a monograph dealing with cyberculture in Cuba.
Joseph B. Walther is the Mark and Susan Bertelsen Presidential Chair in Technology and Society, and a Distinguished Professor of Communication at UCSB. A behavioral scientist and theorist, his work concentrates on how people present themselves to one another via the Internet and how they use the Internet to shape how they want to be known to each other; how they get to know others and decide who to like or trust, and how they develop relationships online that affect their work or social roles. Applications of his work in personal relationships, online groups, education settings, and inter-ethnic conflict have had a significant influence across a number of fields. Prior to UCSB, he was the Wee Kim Wee Professor in Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has also taught at Michigan State, Cornell, Northwestern, the University of Amsterdam, and Manchester University.
William Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His involvement with CITS stems from his research interests in computational social science and the study of the dissemination of misinformation. He has broad interests in machine learning approaches to data science, including statistical relational learning, information extraction, computational social science, speech, and vision. William has over 40 papers in leading conferences and journals, with numerous best paper awards. An alumnus of Columbia University, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has also garnered an IBM Faculty Award, and the Richard King Mellon Presidential Fellowship in 2011. He has also worked for Yahoo! Labs, Microsoft Research Redmond, and University of Southern California. In addition to research, William enjoys writing scientific articles that impact the broader online community: His microblog has more than 2,000,000 views each month, and his opinions have appeared in major outlets such as Wired, VICE, Fast Company, and Mental Floss.
William Warner is a Professor in the English Department. Dr. Warner’s central interests include Eighteenth century British and American literature and cultural studies, the novel, literary and cultural theory, media studies, and law and literature (free speech and censorship). He is currently at work on the Transcriptions Project, and a project on enlightenment and contemporary IT culture.