Rebecca G. Adams is Professor and Director of Gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests include older adult friendship, music fan communities, and the role of technology in maintaining them. She is co-author or co-editor of the following publications: Deadhead Social Science (2000), Placing Friendship in Context (1998), Adult Friendship (1992), and Older Adult Friendship: Structure and Process (1989).
Ron Anderson is Emeritus Professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, having served on the faculty since 1968. This first phase of his career concentrated on technology, both applications to use computers in research and the evaluation of the impact of technology on society. To read about his accomplishments in these areas, please see his biographical summary on Wikipedia under the name "Ronald_Anderson." He continues to keep very busy writing books, articles, technical reports and software applications. He retired from teaching in 2005, but continues to do a lot of research and writing. He has been Co-Editor of the academic journal, Social Science Computer Review, for 25 years, and continues in that capacity. Anderson also continues to do consulting work such as serving as an expert witness in court cases where the quality of relevant social science research is at issue.
Denise Anthony is Associate Professor and past-Chair (2007-11) in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Health Policy Research at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. From 2008-2013 she was Research Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth. Anthony’s work explores issues of cooperation, trust and privacy in a variety of settings, from health care delivery to micro-credit borrowing groups to online groups such as Wikipedia and Prosper.com. Her current work examines the use and implications of information technology for health and in health care, including effects on quality, on the organization of health care, as well as the implications for the privacy and security of protected health information. Her multi-disciplinary research has been published in journals in sociology as well as in health policy and computer science, including among others the American Sociological Review, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and IEEE Pervasive Computing.
Alejandro Artopoulos is the Director of The Learning Technologies Lab at The School of Education of Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina where he is also Professor of Technology and Educational Change. He earned his PhD (c) from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain.. His main research interest is the transition to knowledge society in Latin America. His other affiliations and honors include: Advisor of ConectarIgualdad,; Visiting Professor UBA, UNGS, and the Università di Bologna; Consultant at INTEL, Samsung, UNESCO, AACREA, IADB, PNUD, and MOE Argentina.
John R. Baldwin
John Baldwin (PhD, Arizona State University, 1994) is a professor of culture and communication, communication theory and qualitative research methods at Illinois State University. He has co-edited a book on definitions of culture (Redefining Culture, 2006) and co-authored a textbook, Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (2014). His areas of interest include intercultural and intergroup communication, including adjustment, competence, as well as identity, prejudice, and tolerance. Recent research focuses on the social construction of identities in Brazilian rock music of the dictatorship era. He is conversational in Spanish and Portuguese, but also has interest in other languages and cultures.
Jason Beech is Director of the School of Education at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he also teaches Sociology of Education and Comparative Education. He is a Researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET). He earned his PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London. His main interests are the transfer of specialized knowledge about education in the global educational field and conditions of reception in different local contexts. He recently published the book “Global panaceas, local realities: International agencies and the future of education” (Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2011).
Grant Blank is Survey Research Fellow at Oxford Internet Institute (OII). He is a sociologist who studies the social and cultural impact of the Internet and other new communication media. He is also interested in cultural sociology, especially reviews and cultural evaluation. He began his career as an independent consultant based in Chicago Illinois specializing in research design, statistical analysis, and database design. He previously taught at American University in Washington DC. He completed his PhD on the sociology of reviews at the University of Chicago in 1999, and joined OII in 2010. His research interests include: social and cultural impact of the Internet and other new media, quantitative analysis, methodology, cultural sociology, sociology of science and technology, and artificial intelligence.
Geoffrey C. Bowker
Geoffrey Bowker is the Professor and Director of the Values in Design Laboratory at the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. Previous positions include: Professor of Cyberscholarship at the iSchool, University of Pittsburgh and Executive Director and the Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor at the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University (CA). He conducts research on the use of web and other digital resources across a set of disciplines. He works with scholars to uncover ways in which new forms of knowledge are being (or could be) generated by creative use of these digital resources. He earned his PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in History and Philosophy of Science and followed up with an extended post doctoral position at the École des Mines in Paris.
Casey Brienza is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Sociology and Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City University London. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. To date, she has written over fifteen articles and chapters about transnational cultural production and consumption and the political economy of the global culture industries, specifically as these relate to publishing and emerging digital technologies. Casey is the author of Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics (Bloomsbury 2016), editor of Global Manga: “Japanese” Comics without Japan? (Ashgate 2015), and co-editor with Paddy Johnston of Cultures of Comics Work (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan).
Jonathan Bright is a political scientist specializing in computational and “big data” approaches to the social sciences. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute. His major research interests lie in both the quantitative study of online news media (and, more generally, virtual 'public spheres'), and also the large scale analysis of politicians and parliamentary behavior. More generally, he is also interested in developing computational social research methods, and in driving forward computing skills as a core part of social science methodology.
Manuel Castells is the Wallis Annenberg Chair Professor of Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California. He is also Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley; Director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC); Director of the Chair on the Network Society at the College d' Etudes Mondiales in Paris, and Director of Research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is Academico Numerario of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics and Finance, Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Fellow of the British Academy, and Fellow of the Academia Europea. Castells was also a founding board member of the European Research Council and of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology of the European Commission. He received the Erasmus Medal in 2011 and the 2012 Holberg Prize. He has published 25 books, including the trilogy "The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture" (Blackwell, 1996-2003), "The Internet Galaxy" (Oxford, 2001), "Communication Power" (Oxford 2009), and "Networks of Outrage and Hope" (Polity, 2012).
Mary Chayko is a sociologist and Professor/Director of Interdisciplinary Studies for the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. She has published widely on the impact of the internet and digital media on society and is the author of "Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age" and the Library Journal Social Science Bestseller "Portable Communities: The Social Dynamics of Online and Mobile Connectedness," both with SUNY Press. Her forthcoming book with Sage Publications, "Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media and Techno-Social Life," is a broad-based primer on technologically mediated communication and society for Sage's" Sociology for a New Century" series. Her areas of interest and research include technology and society, social media, self and identity, interdisciplinarity, and the use of social technologies in education.
Lynn Schofield Clark
Lynn Schofield Clark is Professor and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. She is author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age (Oxford 2012), From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford 2005), and coauthor of Media, Home and Family (Routledge 2004), and is coauthor of the forthcoming book Young People and the Future of News. She is a winner of the NCA Ethnography Division's Best Scholarly Book award and was named the University of Denver's Service Learning Scholar of 2012. She has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Her research interests include media and cultural sociology, qualitative research methods and Youth Participatory Action Research, and media practices related to intersectionalities of ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, family relations, and world religions.
Jenny L. Davis
Jenny L. Davis is an assistant professor of sociology at James Madison University and co-editor of the Cyborgology, blog. Her research is theoretically rooted in social psychology, which informs an empirically and methodologically diverse research agenda. One line of work examines identity negotiations in light of new technological advancements. This work employs ethnography, interpretive analyses, as well as Big Data techniques. A second line of research traces the expression of structural hierarchies within interpersonal interaction. This is reflected in multiple unique projects focusing on status and stigma. She has studied stigma processes within anonymous online communities for people with contested mental illness, Twitter reactions to public cases of intimate partner violence, and stigma negotiations within a family setting. She explores status experimentally, testing the relationship between status, role-taking, and identity.She publishes in both interdisciplinary and sociology specific journals. In addition, she is an active public scholar. Along with co-editing the Cyborgology blog, her writing and commentary appear in various media outlets.
Hopeton S. Dunn
Professor Hopeton S. Dunn is a leading regional scholar and internationally known ICT researcher based at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Professor Dunn is the author or editor of six published volumes on ICTs and Communication related issues in the Caribbean and globally. His most recent edited volume is entitled 'Ringtones of Opportunity: Policy, Technology and Access in Caribbean Communications'. His contributions, whether as books, book chapters or journal articles have appeared in works published by Emerald, Sage, Palgrave McMillan, Nordicom, Ian Randle Publishers, Blackwell Wiley, Oxford University Press, University of Tanzania Press. Routledge Taylor Francis, MIT Press Journals, GISW and St Martins Press, among others. In addition, Professor Dunn is the immediate past Secretary General of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) where he remains an active scholarly leader in the Policy and Technology Section. He is Academic Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Professor Dunn is in the second term of a national appointment as the Chairman of Jamaica's regulatory Broadcasting Commission.
Jennifer Earl is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona. She taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) before joining Arizona. She is Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology and Society and Director Emeritus of the Technology and Society PhD Emphasis, both at UCSB. Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with research emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research from 2006-2011 on Web activism and is the PI for the lead institution on a new NSF grant focused on social movement organizations. She is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. She has published widely, including an MIT Press book entitled Digitally Enabled Social Change, and in major sociological journals such as the American Sociological Review and the Annual Review of Sociology, as well as in respected specialty journals such as Sociological Theory and Mobilization, among others.
Joshua Gamson is Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, where he moved in 2002 after nine years on the Yale University faculty. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America (California, 1994); Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity (Chicago, 1998), winner of the Kovacs Book Award from the Speech Communication Association and the American Sociological Association Culture Section Book Award; and The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco (Henry Holt/Picador, 2005), winner of the Stonewall Book Award and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. He has also written for magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The New Yorker, and The American Prospect. In 2009, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently working on a book about unconventional family creation.
Hernan Galperin (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Associate Professor at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) and Director of its Centre for Technology and Society. Dr. Galperin is also Steering Committee member for DIRSI, an ICT policy research consortium for Latin America and the Caribbean. An expert on telecommunications policy and development, Dr. Galperin leads a number of research projects related to the regulation and development impact of new information and communication technologies in Latin America, funded by a variety of foundations and international donors such as IDRC, ECLAC, USAID and UNDP. He has published extensively in major journals such as Telecommunications Policy, info, The Information Society, and Information Technologies and International Development (ITID). His most recent books are “Accelerating the Digital Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean” (ECLAC, 2010) and “Mobile Communications and Socioeconomic Development in Latin America,” co-authored with Dr. Manuel Castells and Dr. Mireia Fernandez-Ardèvol (Ariel, 2011).
Blanca Gordo is a principal investigator at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, CA, where she leads a research team conducting an evaluation of the California Connects Program, a federal public policy initiative in California. The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the US Department of Commerce funds California Connects. She is also a visiting scholar at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) at the University of California at Berkeley. Most recently, she was the Academic Coordinator for the Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) at the University of California at Berkeley, where she directed public policy initiatives, program development, and the Technology and Development Research Group. She holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in social problems and technology. Her perspective synthesizes regional and local economic development, urban poverty, technology development processes, organizational analysis and development, public policy, ethnic populations (African American and Latino), demographics, and social inequality structures.
Timothy M. Hale, PhD is a medical sociologist and Research Fellow at Partners Center for Connected Health and Harvard Medical School. His main research interest is the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on health care and health lifestyles. Prior to joining the Center, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he studied the social and psychological impacts of ICT, focusing primarily on youth and older adults. Hale was elected as a CITASA Council Member (2012-2014). His work has been published in Information, Communication & Society; Computers and Human Behavior; Journal of Health Communication and American Behavioral Scientist.
David Halle is Professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also an adjunct professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Center . His areas of expertise include cultural sociology, economy and society, political sociology, and GIS. Among his research interests are: work, political sociology, theory, social change, art, culture, architecture, urban sociology, and ethnography. Halle is the author of
America's Working Man: Work, Home, and Politics among Blue-Collar Property Owners and Inside Culture: Art and Class in the American Home, as well as the editor of New York and Los Angeles: Politics, Society and Culture, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
Caroline Haythornthwaite is Director and Professor at SLAIS, The iSchool at The University of British Columbia. She joined UBC in 2010 after 14 years as a faculty member at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her research focuses on how the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) support work, learning and social interaction. She approaches this primarily from a social network analysis perspective. Her areas of work and interest include e-learning, learning analytics, social media, computer-mediated communication, and online crowds and communities.
Anne Holohan is Assistant Professor in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, the London School of Economics and the University of California, Los Angeles. From 2004-2006 she was Marie Curie International Fellow at the University of Trento, Italy. Her research and teaching interests are organizations, information and communication technologies, new media and communications, conflict resolution and disaster management, and globalization. Her books include Networks of Democracy: Lessons from Kosovo for Afghanistan, Iraq and Beyond published by Stanford University Press in 2005; and Community, Competition and Citizen Science: Voluntary Distributed Computing in a Globalized World, UK, Ashgate Publishing, 2013.
Heather A. Horst is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. A sociocultural anthropologist by training, Heather’s research focuses upon media, material culture, and transnational migration in the Caribbean, Pacific and the US. She is the co-author of The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller, Berg, 2006), Living and Learning with Digital Media: Findings from the Digital Youth Project (Ito, Horst, et al., 2009, MIT Press), and Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (Ito, et al. 2010, MIT Press). More recently she published an edited volume with Daniel Miller entitled Digital Anthropology (Horst and Miller 2012, Berg). Her current research projects, "Mobilising Media for Sustainable Outcomes in the Pacific Region" (Australian Research Council Linkage Project), "Locating the Mobile" (Australian Research Council Linkage Project) and "The Gender of Money" (Funded by the Smart Services CRC), examine the roles of mobile media and within and across the Asia-Pacific region.
Gabe Ignatow is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas. His research interests include text analysis methods, sociological theory, and globalization. His current research involves collaborative development of theory-driven natural language processing programs designed mainly for social media applications. He received his PhD from Stanford in 2003, and his academic mentors have included the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and sociologist John W. Meyer. He serves on the editorial boards of Sociological Forum and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, and has been selected as a faculty fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and the Castleberry Peace Institute at UNT. He currently directs the sociology graduate program's Global and Comparative Sociology doctoral concentration.
Samantha Nogueira Joyce
Samantha Nogueira Joyce studies media history, theory, and criticism with concentrations in cultural studies, critical theory, and Latin American and Brazilian Media and Cultural Studies. Her research covers a range of contemporary, as well as historical topics in order to understand the many ways in which people’s identities are constituted by and through the media, especially television. Joyce’s latest book Brazilian Telenovelas and the Myth of Racial Democracy examines what happens when a telenovela directly addresses matters of race and racism in contemporary Brazil. Joyce combines her investigation of the program with a study of related media in order to demonstrate how the program introduced novel ideas about race and also offered a forum where varying perspectives on race, class, and racial relations in Brazil could be discussed. Samantha Nogueira Joyce has taught courses at the University of Iowa, San Francisco State University and Indiana University South Bend.
Vikki Katz is Assistant Professor at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Her research explores how communication influences immigrant settlement and the creation of new ethnic identities. One major area of her research has been how children of immigrants “broker” language, culture, and media for their parents when they are the primary English speaker in the household. She has researched how these brokering practices affect family integration and young people’s development in South Los Angeles, California’s Central Valley, and New Brunswick, NJ. Her other primary of interest is how media connections influence the lives of ethnic/racial minority adults and young people. She has co -authored a book called Understanding Ethnic Media, and conducted other research on young people and their media connections.
Nalini Kotamraju is a sociologist who studies the intersection of people and technology. She is currently Senior Design Research Manager at Microsoft in Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). She is also currently Associate Professor, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Digital Design & Communication Research Group | Interaction Design Research Group. She has worked for various technology companies. Her research investigates how people use technology to navigate their lives and manage their identities in four main themes: work, digital identity, social in design, and research methods.
Antonio C. La Pastina
Antonio C. La Pastina (Ph.D. 1999, University of Texas at Austin) is an associate professor of media studies at the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. His research focuses primarily on the ethnographic investigation of audiences’ engagement with media texts. He is currently working on a manuscript analyzing his decade and half ethnographic work in rural Brazil focusing primarily on the relationships between television, the Internet and social transformation. He has published extensively on telenovelas, audiences and ethnographic methodology, with periodical forays in issues of representations of non-mainstream populations. His work has appeared in Critical Studies in Media and Communication, Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, Gazette, and Qualitative Inquiry among others.
Robert LaRose is a full professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University where he teaches graduate courses in research methods and theory and serves as Director of the Media and Information Studies PhD program. His research interests are the uses and effects of new media. His current foci are the role of habits in media behavior and the adoption of broadband Internet among vulnerable populations. He is the co-author of a popular introductory textbook, Media Now. He was presented with the Outstanding Article Award for 2011 by the International Communication Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.
Sayonara Leal is PhD in Sociology. Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology
at the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. Researcher from the Communication
Policies Lab at UnB and from the Anthropology Lab of Science and Technology. My
recent publications are: Vargas, E. and Leal, S. 2011. “Démocratie technologique et
Innovation dans les services: Une analyse sociotechnique de la définition de norme
de la Télévision Numérique au Brésil.”. Revue Économie et Sociétés, 12 (3): 561-583.
Leal, S. and Vargas, E. 2011. “Democracia técnica e lógicas de ação: uma análise
sociotécnica da controvérsia em torno da definição do Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão
Digital – SBTVD.”. Revista Estado & Sociedade, 26 (2): 239-276. Leal, S. and Brant,
Sandra. 2012. “Políticas de inclusão digital no Brasil: a experiência da formação
dos monitores dos telecentros GESAC”. Liinc em Revista, 8 (1): 88-108. Leal, S. and
Haje, L.. 2010. “Políticas de comunicación, digitalización y convergencia tecnológica:
El debate público sobre la consolidación de la nueva ley de TV por suscripción en
el Congreso Nacional Brasileño”. Pp. 1-19 in Pensar los medios en la era digital,
iberoamérica frente al desafío de la convergência, edited by Instituto de Estudios
sobre Comunicación Radio y Televisión Argentina. Buenos Aires: La Crujia.
Brian D. Loader is Associate Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) based at the University of York, UK. His academic interests are focused around the emergence of new media communications technologies, such as the Internet and Web 2.0, and the social, political and economic factors shaping their development and diffusion, and their implications for social, economic, governmental and cultural change. He is General Editor of the international journal Information, Communication and Society.
Monica Martinez is Professor in the Department of Communication of the Universidade de Sorocaba, Reitoria, Pró-Reitoria de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa. She earned her PhD and MA in communication at the Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade in São Paulo. Thereafter, while holding a postdoctoral position in Digital Narratives with the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação Social in the Communication Department of the Universidade Metodista of São Paulo she undertook research in collaboration with the Department of Radio-Television-Film in the College of Communication at The University of Texas. Among her books and peer-reviewed articles, her publications include: "Professor de Ilusões" (Prumo, 2012), "Tive uma Ideia -- O que é criatividade e como desenvolvê-la" (Paulinas, 2011), and "Jornada do Herói: estrutura narrativa mítica na construção de histórias de vida em jornalismo" (Annablume/Fapesp, 2008). She is the co-founder of Núcleo Granja Viana associated with the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Her research interests include: epistemology of communication, contemporary narratives, and literary journalism.
Noah McClain is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Illinois Institute of Technology. His areas of interest include urban sociology, technology, complex organizations, consumption, and everyday life. His current research seeks to understand the social consequences of mundane technological infrastructure, material improvisation in highly regulated environments like prisons and boarding schools, the network dynamics of sharing material resources, and the 'securitization' of the New York subway system. McClain was previously a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. He earned his Ph.D. at New York University.
Gustavo S. Mesch, is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Haifa (Israel). His research interests are Internet and social media effects on society, social inequalities in the diffusion and adoption of information and communication technologies, and youth media use and social networks. He served as the Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Israel Internet Association.
Sonia Virgínia Moreira
Sonia Virgínia Moreira is the Director of Social Communication at the Universidade do Estado in Rio de Janeiro. She is the author of several articles and book chapters on journalism and communication-related topics. Among the books she has published are: Rádio Nacional, o Brasil em sintonia (The National Radio Station, Brazil tuned in) (1988, in partnership with Luiz Carlos Saroldi); O Rádio no Brasil (Radio in Brazil) (2nd edition 2000); Rádio Palanque, fazendo política no ar (Radio Speakers´ Platform, politics on the air) (1998); Rádio em transição – tecnologias e leis nos Estados Unidos e no Brasil (Radio in transition – technologies and laws in the United States and in Brazil) (2002); Mídia, ética e sociedade (Media, ethics and society) (2004, organized in partnership with Aníbal Bragança). She was elected president of the Brazilian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication (2002-2005) and was also its international relations director (2005-2008). Presently she coordinates the Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Studies and is a member of the scientific committee of the Brazilian Society of Journalism Researchers (SBPJor).
Dr. Gina Neff is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. She studies the contemporary economics of media production and the political economy of communication by examining the relationship between work and technology in both high-tech and media industries. Her book Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries (MIT 2012; co-winner of the 2013 CITASA Best Book Award) examines the risk and uncertainties borne by New York City’s new media pioneers during the first internet boom. She also co-edited Surviving the New Economy (Paradigm 2007). With Carrie Sturts Dossick, she runs the Project on Communication Technology and Organizational Practices, a research group studying the roles of communication technology in the innovation of complex building design and construction. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and she is currently at work on a three-year project funded by Intel studying the impact of social media and consumer health technologies on the organization of primary care.
Christena Nippert-Eng, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Her research interests include cognitive sociology, culture, everyday life, privacy, work, gender, the home, time and space, technology, ethnography, and the Western Lowland Gorillas of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Her work has been featured extensively in the media, including radio, television and newspaper interviews ranging from NPR's "Talk of the Nation" to programs on PBS and MSNBC and stories for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Working Mother and Fast Company. She has been an invited speaker for such diverse venues as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Smithsonian Museum, the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons' Pediatric Group, Reason Magazine's Dynamic Visions conferences, the MotherRead/FatherRead literacy organization, and the Industrial Design Society of America. She served as the 2010-2011 national Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association. She also has held elected positions on the ASA Section Councils for the "Sociology of Culture" and "Work, Organization and Occupations,” as well as being a founding partner of the Chicago Graduate Student Ethnography Conference.
Hiroshi Ono is Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University. His research interests include: economic sociology, stratification and inequality, work and labor markets, and international business. He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles in journals including the American Sociological Review and Social Forces. His work has won a number of awards such as the Best International Paper Award, for “Lifetime employment in Japan: Concepts and measurements.” He was also recognized with a Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship for promotion to tenured Associate Professor with distinction, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. In addition to being elected as a Council Member to CITASA, he has served on projects with the National Science Foundation and McArthur Foundation.
CJ Pascoe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon. She is also the chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sex and Gender. Her book, Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, won the American Educational Research Association’s 2007 Book of the Year Award as well as an honorable mention for the ASA’s section on Sex and Gender’s Distinguished Book Award. Before coming to University of Oregon, CJ taught at Colorado College. Previous to her time in Colorado, CJ spent two years working with the Digital Youth Project, part of the MacArthur Foundation’s initiative in learning and new media. Along with her co-researchers and under the guidance of Mimi Ito, CJ co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media, the largest qualitative study of youth new media use to date. CJ’s research has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Globe and Mail, American Sexuality Magazine and Inside Higher Ed. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006.
Trevor Pinch is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Trevor Pinch's main research centers on five areas: (1) the sociology of technology and how users engage with technology, (2) sound studies and music and in particular how sonic technologies and listening cultures develop, (3) understanding the role of materiality and agency in technology, (4) markets and the economy with specific attention to the study of selling, persuasion, and entrepreneurship. He also likes to carry out side projects, such as a recent study with Professor Richard Swedberg on Wittgenstein's 1949 visit to Cornell. He has just finished editing the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies and he is part of the Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) team 2013-2016 researching "Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship." Professor Pinch also broadcasts and webcasts a weekly radio show, "Webwatch," out of Paris, hosted by Radio France International. He is an advisor to the music technology start-up, and is also a performing musician with the Electric Golem and the Atomic Forces.
Heloisa Pait investigates the challenges posed by the introduction of new means of communication for democratic life, with emphasis on the personal dilemmas individuals encounter when presented with unknown sociabilities. In her doctoral dissertation at the New School for Social Research she investigated the personal challenges television soap opera writers and viewers faced in trying to make mass communication a meaningful activity. She has written on the reception of international news, on media use by Brazilian youth, and on the disruptive role of the internet in the Brazilian political environment. With her students, Heloisa investigates conceptions of memory and media use, the role of media in notions of secrecy in international relations, and the nature of public protests in Brazilian cities. Dealing with a broad range of subjects, her recurrent issue is the efforts individuals make to engage in communication with others, an activity always disrupted and reconstructed – revealed – by every material transformation of media. Heloisa Pait, a Fulbright alumni, is assistant professor of sociology at Júlio de Mesquita Filho University, Brazil. She is part of the advisory board of Open Knowledge Brazil, collaborate with Panoramas, a blog maintained by the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, and actively participate in Brazilian public life. Heloisa Pait’s fiction work has appeared in American and Brazilian publications.
Anabel Quan-Haase is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She investigates the uses of information and communication technologies. She received her MSc in Psychology (Diplom) at Humboldt University in Berlin specializing in higher cognitive function. Her thesis investigated cognitive control and the role of automatic processes in decision-making. She received a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Information Studies (now the iSchool@Toronto) at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates the uses of technology and the effects of technology on society.
Kelly Quinn (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago) has an interdisciplinary research focus on new media its intersection with such diverse areas as the life course, social capital, friendship and privacy. Quinn’s recent work has centered on midlife and older adults and their use of internet communication technologies in their relationships. Her publications have been included in Information, Communication & Society, the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society and in edited volumes.
Violaine Roussel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris 8. She has also been selected as a Marie Curie Fellow (IOF) at the CRESPPA-CNRS (Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris) for her project on Talent Agents in the American Film Industry, hosted by the Carsey-Wolf Center (University of California, Santa Barbara) in partnership with USC (University of Southern California). She was also selected as the Deputy Director of the Research Center on Theories of Politics (Laboratoire Théories du Politique, Labtop), University of Paris VIII and was elected as a member of the board for the research axis on “Arts and Politics.” She is a member of the CNRS Center for Social Sciences of Politics (Institut des sciences sociales du politique). Her awards include a Fullbright Research Grant and selection for Scientific Excellence Award (Prime d’excellence scientifique) in France in 2013.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. In addition to her appointments at Columbia University, she is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. She has received a variety of awards and prizes, most recently, a Doctor honoris causa from Royal Stockholm Institute of Technology, Ghent University (Belgium), Warwick University (UK), Delft University (Netherlands), the first Distinguished Graduate School Alumnus Award of the University of Notre Dame, and was one of the four winners of the first University of Chicago Future Mentor Award covering all doctoral programs. She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, Vanguardia, Clarin, and the Financial Times, among others.
Sara Schoonmaker is Professor of Sociology at the University of Redlands. She is currently researching ways that Free Software contributes to developing two alternative forms of globalization from below. The first form develops through firms' activities in the Free Software market. The second arises as communities, associations and governments promote Free Software as a public good that fosters social justice. She views both of these alternative forms as grounded in the nature of Free Software as a viral form of property that transforms the dominance of private property in contemporary capitalisms. Through interviews, participant observation and archival work, Sara explores the roles of free software associations, companies and communities, as well as national and local governments, in developing Free Software. By exploring these conditions in a global, comparative context, her research thus speaks to the fundamental relationship between technological development and the complex processes that shape it in the global political economy.
Markus S. Schulz
Markus S. Schulz is Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and Past-President of the ISA Research Committee on Futures Research. He earned his PhD from the New School for Social Research and is currently sociology professor at the University of Illinois. He taught also at New York University, Virginia Tech, City University of New York, and Bauhaus University of Weimar, Germany. Dr. Schulz is co-author of the six-volume book series on Internet and Politics in Latin America (Vervuert 2003, German/Spanish). He guest-edited the Current Sociology monographs on Values and Culture (2011) and Future Moves (2015). He won national and international awards for his research, including the ISA Prize for the Internationalization of Sociology. His current work focuses on new media, social movements and global futures.
Joseph D. Straubhaar
Professor Joseph D. Straubhaar is the Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communications in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. He was the Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies within the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, 2003-2006. His primary teaching, research and writing interests are in global media and cultural theory, media and migration, digital media and the digital divide in the U. S. and other countries, and global television production and flow. His graduate teaching includes media theory, global media, media and migration, Latin American media, and ethnographic research methods. His undergraduate teaching covers the same range plus introduction to media studies. He does research in Brazil, other Latin America countries, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has taken student groups to Latin America and Asia. He has done seminars abroad on media research, television programming strategies, and telecommunications privatization. He is on the editorial board for Communication Theory, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Comunicación y Sociedad, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Revista INTERCOM.
Michael J. Stern is a Methodology Fellow for NORC at the University of Chicago's Center for Excellence in Survey Research. Stern's work has largely centered on reducing measurement error through testing the effects of visual design on respondents’ answers in web and mail surveys. Over the past several years, he has been involved in the design and implementation of a large number of web, mail, and telephone surveys, which have included numerous experimental treatments. More recently, his work has questioned previous research conducted with homogeneous samples and the role that survey and item saliency has on responses. The results show that the visual design in web and mail surveys affects respondents in similar ways across demographic groups, albeit to varying degrees, and that saliency plays a significant role in the way respondents are affected by a question’s design/visual layout. Previous to joining NORC, Stern held academic appointments at the College of Charleston and Oklahoma State University.
Andrea Hoplight Tapia
Andrea H. Tapia is Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. She is a scholar of “Public Informatics,” a phrase she coined to situate her work at the intersection of people, information, and technology in a public setting. Her research in Public Informatics has achieved four noteworthy goals. First, she has defined a context for a socio-technical investigation of public institutions that exists within the overlapping fields of Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, and Telecommunications. Second, she has contributed to the understanding of the patterns, behaviors and technology-related coordination barriers among public institutions. Third, her work has addressed critical social problems facing the world today, such as humanitarian relief, emergency response, and social and economic development and social exclusion. Fourth, her work has contributed directly to the policy-making bodies of the United Nations, the Obama Administration and the largest international relief and development organizations globally.
Simone Tosoni is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Catholic University of Milan, where he has earned his PhD and where he collaborates with the Arc research Centre (Centre for The Anthropology of Religion and Cultural Change). He is founding member of the ECREA’s Working Group “Media & the City” and his current research interests revolve around urban communication and media usage in urban space. He has published on new media, subcultures and urban issues.
Zeynep Tufekci is Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology. She was previously a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University and taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She remains affiliated with CITP. She was previously a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and is now a faculty associate at the Berkman Center. She was also an assistant professor of sociology at UMBC. Her work explores the interactions between technology and society.
Keith Douglass Warner OFM is the Director of Education and Action Research at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, where he directs a fellowship in social entrepreneurship and a grants program in technology for social innovation. With a PhD in environmental studies, he is a practical social ethicist in the Franciscan tradition, and has published widely on the ethical dimensions of sustainable development. His personal research investigates the emergence of environmental and sustainability ethics within scientific and religious institutions, and how these organizations deploy moral discourses to foster a more just and sustainable society. He recently completed an NSF-funded international STS research project titled “Managing Risk in the Public Interest: How Ethics & Values Shape Biocontrol Practice and Policy.”
Barry Wellman directs NetLab at the Faculty of Information, is the former S.D. Clark Professor at the Department of Sociology, and is a member of the Cities Centre and the Knowledge Media Design Institute. Wellman is the co-author of the prize-winning Networked: The New Social Operating System (with Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project) published by MIT Press in Spring 2012. The book analyzes the social nature of networked individualism, growing out of the Social Network Revolution, the Internet Revolution, and the Mobile Revolution. Prof. Wellman is a member of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the Chair-Emeritus of both the Community and Information Technologies section and the Community and Urban Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. He is a Fellow of IBM Toronto's Centre for Advanced Studies. He has worked with IBM's Institute of Knowledge Management, Mitel Networks, Advanced Micro Devices' Global Consumer Advisory Board, and Intel's People and Practices research unit. He has been a keynoter at conferences ranging from computer science to theology, and a committee member of the Social Science Research Council's (and Ford Foundation's) Program on Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security. He is the (co) author of more than 200 articles that have been co-authored with more than 80 scholars, and is the (co-)editor of three books.
Julie B. Wiest
Julie B. Wiest is an assistant professor of sociology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her primary areas of research include the social and cultural impacts of new communication technologies, mass media studies, and sociocultural approaches to deviance and crime. Her most recent research examines social change in the Middle East, focusing on the role of new media. She has a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.A. in journalism and mass communication, and her work has been published in both communication and sociology journals. Before academia, she worked for nearly a decade as a print and online journalist.
James Witte is Professor of sociology and Director of the Center for Social Science Research. Witte, who earned his PhD from Harvard in 1991, has been a professor at Clemson University and Northwestern University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center and a lecturer in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Witte's ongoing research focuses on ways to use the world wide web to collect survey data and on the similarities and differences between online and off-line societies.
Simeon is Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital. His research on the social, political and cultural impacts of digital media includes a long-standing focus on digital media and interpersonal interaction. More recently, he has worked on projects that address issues of digital inclusion and exclusion and projects that address the use of digital technologies in the context of security and crises — with this work funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), EU and industry. Simeon’s work has often been interdisciplinary and has predominantly involved creative and digital industry partners. He was one of the leads on a major Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded interdisciplinary programme (Engineering for Life) while at Sheffield Hallam. Simeon has been researching the impacts of the internet and new / digital media on language and culture since 1990. His PhD thesis (1993) is a large-scale linguistic comparison of speech, writing and online interaction. Subsequent published work has covered analyses of gender differences in computer-mediated communication (CMC), gender and computer gaming, email and letter writing, science in the mass media and text books on social research methods — in particular, linguistic and discourse analytic methods.