James Frew is an Emeritus faculty member in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, formerly the 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.
Noah Friedkin is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology. His research has concentrated on social networks, and the processes of information and influence flows that unfold in social networks.
Jennifer Gibbs (Ph.D, Annenberg School of Communication at USC) 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.
Amy Gonzales is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines the consequences of disrupted access to communication technology. She is especially interested in these phenomena for people from disadvantaged communities (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, low-income populations, LGBTQ individuals, etc.). Her work aims to advance theoretical understanding and real-world solutions that may help mitigate the long-term consequences of new digital infrastructures that may otherwise exacerbate social inequalities.
Judith Green was 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.
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 work in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB examines nanotechnological risk perception among both experts and diverse US and comparative UK publics.
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 Distributi
Krzysztof Janowicz is a 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.
Lisa Jevbratt is a 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.
Dan Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. Working at the intersection of political communication, intergroup communication, and communication technology, his research examines how political expression on social media can stimulate political engagement, improve intergroup relations, and reduce political inequality. Dr. Lane was the founder of Good Eye Video, a digital storytelling company working with non-profits and social causes worldwide.