Welcome. I'm on the faculty at UC Santa Barbara, where I am in the Department of Political Science. My other academic home on campus is the Center for Information Technology and Society. And I work a lot with people in the Department of Communication, with which I have a courtesy appointment. My research focuses on how people's behavior is affected by their media environments, especially digital media. 

 

I started out on the academic road with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Stanford and some work in Silicon Valley, a doctorate in political science from MIT, and then a couple years in Washington, DC at the think tank RAND, where I wrote about education policy and technology policy.  I have been on the faculty at UC Santa Barbara since 1993, and I started studying the influence of the Internet on democracy in 1996.