People

Past Directors

Bruce Bimber
  • Past Director
  • Steering Committee Member
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Bruce Bimber is a Professor in the departments of Political Science and (by affiliation) Communication. Dr. Bimber’s research examines the relationship between digital media and patterns in human behavior, especially in the domains of political organization and collective action. He is a founder and Director Emeritus (from 1999-2006) of the Center for Information Technology and Society. 

Jennifer Earl
  • Past Director

Jennifer Earl was an Associate Professor of Sociology at UCSB. She currently is a Professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Earl studies information technology, social movements, and the legal system. She is a Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology and Society (2006-2009).

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.

Lisa Parks
  • Past Director

Lisa Parks was a Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB. She is currently a professor at MIT. Dr. Parks Parks has conducted research on the uses of satellite, computer, and television technologies in different national contexts. Her work is highly interdisciplinary and engages with fields such as geography, art, international relations, and communication studies. She is a Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology & Society (2012-2015).