Dan Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, and recieved his PhD in 2019. 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. These interests have their origins in Dan’s work as the founder of Good Eye Video, a digital storytelling company working with non-profits and social causes around the globe.
George Legrady is a Professor of Interactive Media, with a joint appointment in the Media Arts & Technology program and the Department of Art. He is director of the Experimental Visualization Lab and Chair of the Media Arts & Technology doctoral program. His current research addresses data collection, data processing methodologies and data visualization presented simultaneously in interactive installations and the Internet. Professor Legrady was one of 5 artists commissioned to create an artwork about deep space in collaboration with the Caltech managed NASA Spitzer Space Center in 2008. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Intelligence & Information System grant in 2011, and a National Science Foundation Arctic Social Science Grant in 2012 and the Creative Capital Foundation grant three times amongst many others for his creative work.
Paul Leonardi is the Duca Family Professor of Technology Management and the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Founding Director of the Master of Technology Management Program at UCSB. He holds appointments in the Technology Management Program and the Department of Communication. Leonardi’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on helping companies create and share knowledge more effectively. He is interested in how implementing new technologies and harnessing the power of informal social networks can help companies take advantage of their knowledge assets to create innovative products and services. Leonardi has won awards for his research from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the National Science Foundation.
Alan Liu is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of English. His central interests include digital humanities, information culture, new media, literary theory, cultural studies, and British Romantic literature and art. Liu is co-founder and leader of the international 4Humanities.org advocacy initiative. Currently he is directing the 4Humanities topic-modeling project titled WhatEvery1Says. Other digital initiatives he has led include Transliteracies: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading, a University of California multi-campus, collaborative research group, and RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment), a software project funded by a NEH Digital Humanities Start-up grant that is the culmination of Transliteracies. In fall 2015, he was a Fulbright Specialist in digital humanities in New Zealand. Liu is currently working on books about critical infrastructure studies in the digital humanities and the relationship between media and history.
Karen Lunsford is an Associate Professor of Writing, where she specialize in Writing in the Disciplines. Dr. Lunsford’s individual and collaborative work employs interdisciplinary approaches to understand the writing practices that people engage in within evolving knowledge ecologies, how argument and argumentation are defined in these ecologies, and what roles technologies play in these practices and definitions.
Richard E. Mayer has been a Professor of Psychology at UCSB since 1975. Dr. Mayer’s current research involves the intersection of cognition, instruction, and technology with a special focus on multimedia learning and computer-supported learning. He served as President of the Educational Psychology division of the American Psychological Association and Vice President of the American Educational Research Association for the Learning and Instruction division. He is the winner of the Thorndike Award for career achievement in educational psychology, the Scribner Award for outstanding research in learning and instruction, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award.
Patrick McCray is a Professor in the Department of History. Dr. McCray’s research interests focuses on different technological and scientific communities and their interactions with the public and policy makers – especially newly emerging technologies. McCray was elected to be a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. In 2014 McCray's 2013 book The Visioneers won the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. McCray is currently writing a new book on the interactions between artists, engineers, and scientists from the 1960s to the present.
Miriam Metzger is a Professor in the Department of Communication. Dr. Metzger’s recent work has examined how information technology alters our understandings of trust in the new media environment, with a specific focus on the credibility of information online and on how trust intersects with privacy and disclosure in online social networks. She was ranked in the top 50 most productive and influential scholars in the field of Communication by Thomas Feeley in 2011 and has published her research widely in communication and related fields.
Christopher Newfield is a Professor of American culture. Newfield’s research focuses on the processes of creativity and innovation, with a double focus on cultural and technological factors. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in a range of technology-dependent industries and has wide experience with the university side of copyright, patenting, and technology transfer.
Constance Penley is a Professor of Film and Media Studies. Penley's research interests include film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. Her most recent work includes NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America and The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender (ed. with Treichler and Cartwright).