Affiliated Faculty

Joe Walther
  • Director
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

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.

Linda Adler-Kassner
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Linda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing Studies and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters and Science. Always working at the intersection of research and practice, her interests include how technological affordances shape ideas about good learning and good learners; the datafication of education, learning, and learning processes; and how technological affordances can support learning at scale, i.e., in large lecture-based courses. Adler-Kassner is author or co-editor of nine books and dozens of articles and book chapters; she also was awarded UCSB’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. 



Divy Agrawal
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Divyakant Agrawal is a Professor of Computer Science whose research expertise is in the areas of database systems, distributed computing, data warehousing, and large-scale information systems. Dr. Agrawal's involvement with CITS directly reflects his research philosophy, which is to work on data management problems that have both practical as well as theoretical significance. To this end, he has published approximately 300 research manuscripts in prestigious forums (journals, conferences, symposia, and workshops) on a wide range of topics related to data management and distributed systems.

  • Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus

Richard P. Appelbaum is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Global and International Studies. Dr. Appelbaum’s affiliation with CITS stems from his interest in the working class and new technologies. He is currently engaged in a research project on high technology development (focusing on nanotechnology) in China.

Dr. Stephen R. Barley
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

Stephen Barley has written over seventy articles on the impact of new technologies on work, the organization of technical work, and organizational culture.  He edited a volume on technical work entitled Between Craft and Science: Technical Work in the United States published in 1997 by the Cornell University Press. In collaboration with Gideon Kunda of Tel Aviv University, Barley authored Gurus, Hired Guns and Warm Bodies: Itinerant Experts in the Knowledge Economy, an ethnography of contingent work among engineers and software developers published by the Princeton University Press in 2004.

Professor Barley teaches courses on the organizational implications of technological change, organizational theory, social network analysis and ethnographic field methods. He has served as a consultant to organizations in a variety of industries including publishing, banking, computers, electronics and aerospace.  He is currently researching corporate power in the United States, the rhetorical history of telecommuting, and how sophisticated mathematical modeling tools are altering the work of engineers who design automobiles.

  • Academic Coordinator

Melissa Bator (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is the academic coordinator at CITS whose current research focuses on the knowledge sharing interactions among organizations within the international development community. She is particularly interested in the non-coercive movement of organizational knowledge from the private realm of the organization to the public realm, such as through organizational participation in online forums for giving and receiving advice, information etc.  

Chuck Bazerman
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

Chuck Bazerman is a Professor Emeritus of Education. His affiliation with CITS stems from his research concerning the history of scientific writing, other forms of writing used in advancing technological projects, and the relation of writing to the development of disciplines of knowledge. He served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication He is founder and current Chair of the International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research. His study The languages of Edison's Light was awarded Best Book of 1999 in History of Science and Technology.

  • Steering Committee Member
  • Faculty Research Affiliate

Elizabeth M. Belding is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Elizabeth’s research focuses on mobile and wireless networking, including network performance analysis, and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). In the past 7 years, she has particularly focused on improving Internet accessibility in developing communities worldwide. She is the founder and director of the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Laboratory. Elizabeth is the author of over 100 technical papers and has served on over 60 conference technical program committees. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow. She received the UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2012 and the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award in 2015 for her mentorship of graduate students. She was the Associate Director of CITS from 2012-2015.

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. 

Jim Blascovich
  • Faculty Research Affiliate (Emeritus)

James Blascovich is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology. His two major research interests are social motivation and social influence within technologically mediated environments. He uses immersive virtual environment technology to empirically investigate social influence processes within virtual environments including conformity, non-verbal communication, collaborative decision-making, and leadership.