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.
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 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.
Amr El Abbadi is a Professor of Computer Science and the former chair of the department. Dr. Abbadi’s research interests are in the fields of fault-tolerant distributed systems and databases which addresses how to manage the ever increasing amount of data being generated and analyzed. To this end, he has been involved in designing systems and database support for collaborative environments with special interest in social media applications and issues related to privacy preservation. Professor Abbadi is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS and served as a board member of the VLDB Endowment from 2002 - 2008 as well as the Executive Committee of the Technical Committee of Data Engineering (TCDE).
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.
James Frew is an Associate Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and a 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. His current research focuses on geospatial information provenance, discovery, and curation, using remote sensing data products generated by his Environmental Information Laboratory as operational test beds.
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.
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.
Lisa Parks is a Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures (GMTaC) Lab, which she founded at MIT and moved to UCSB in 2020. Her research is focused on human and social aspects of media infrastructures; satellite technologies and globalization; and media, militarization, and surveillance. Professor Parks is a former Director of CITS and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
Rita Raley is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, where she serves as co-director of the Literature and Culture of Information specialization. She is the author of Tactical Media and has more recently published articles on digital poetics, dataveillance, and interventionist art practices. She is currently co-editing a journal issue on "securing with algorithms" and writing about algorithmic translations.
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).