People

Leadership

Brandie Nonnecke, Co-Founder and Director

nonnecke@citris-uc.org | @BNonnecke

 

Dr. Brandie Nonnecke is Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab, Co-Director of the CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program, and a Fellow at the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. More info.

Camille Crittenden, Co-Founder

@CamCritt

 

Dr. Camille Crittenden serves as Deputy Director of CITRIS, Director of the CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative, Executive Director of the CITRIS Social Apps Lab, and Co-Founder of the Women in Tech Initiative at UC (WITI@UC). Prior to coming to CITRIS in 2012, she was Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, where she helped to develop its program in human rights, technology, and new media. More info.

Faculty Advisory Board

Photo Credit: Bob Margot

Hany Farid, Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Information, UC Berkeley

 

Hany Farid is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Information. His research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis, and human perception. Farid is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. More info. 

Ken Goldberg, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, UC Berkeley

@ken_goldberg

 

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor focusing on robotics. He was appointed the William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. Ken is Director of the CITRIS “People and Robots” Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB where he and his students pursue research in machine learning for robotics and automation in warehouses, homes, and operating rooms. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 U.S. Patents. More info. 

Jennifer M. Granholm, Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Berkeley Law & Goldman School of Public Policy, Former Governor of the state of Michigan

@JenGranholm

 

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a Canadian-American politician, lawyer, educator, author, political commentator and member of the Democratic Party who served as the Attorney General of Michigan from 1999 to 2003 and as the Governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In January 2017, she became a CNN political contributor. More info.

Sonia Katyal, Distinguished Haas Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Law; Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley

 

Sonia Katyal is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Faculty Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Her scholarly work focuses on intellectual property, art law, civil rights (including gender, race and sexuality), property theory, and technology/new media. More info.

Martin Kenney, Professor, Community and Regional Development, UC Davis 

 

Martin Kenney is a Professor in Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis; a Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy; and Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy. He has co-authored or edited seven books and 150 scholarly articles on industrial clusters, entrepreneurship, venture capital, innovation, university-industry relations, and value chain upgrading. More info.

Deirdre Mulligan, Associate Professor, School of Information and School of Law (by courtesy), UC Berkeley

@DMulliganUCB

 

Deirdre K. Mulligan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, a faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, a co-organizer of the Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group, an affiliated faculty on the Hewlett funded Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and a faculty advisor to the Center for Technology, Society & Policy. Mulligan’s research explores legal and technical means of protecting values such as privacy, freedom of expression, and fairness in emerging technical systems. More info.

Erik Stallman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

@ErikStallman

 

Erik Stallman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. He is also a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. His primary interests are regulation of access to information and open internet issues. More info.

Laura Tyson, Distinguished Professor and Former Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

@LauraDTyson

 

Laura Tyson is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Economics, and a Former Dean, at the Haas School of Business and London Business School. An expert on trade and competitiveness, she served as Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and later as Director of the White House National Economic Council. She was the first woman to serve in these two positions. More info. 

John Zysman, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 

John Zysman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UC Berkeley. He has written extensively on European and Japanese policy and corporate strategy; his interests also include comparative politics, Western European politics, and political economy. He is Co-Director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE). More info. 

Additional members to be announced

External Advisory Board

To be announced

Affiliated Scholars

Affiliated scholars are not necessarily in residence at CITRIS but collaborate with the CITRIS Policy Lab on a focused research project.

Louise Comfort, Professor, University of Pittsburgh & Lecturer, UC Berkeley

Recipient of 2019 CITRIS Seed Funding for “Cognition to Action in Extreme Events: Policy Interventions for Disaster Risk Reduction”

 

Louise K. Comfort is Professor of Public and International Affairs and Past Director, Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh, and Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her primary research interests are in decision making under conditions of uncertainty and rapid change, interactions among technical and organizational systems under stress, and uses of information technology to develop decision support systems for managers operating under urgent conditions. In June 2019, she published The Dynamics of Risk: Changing Technologies and Collective Action in Seismic Events through Princeton University Press.

Will Byrne, Resident, IDEO CoLab

@will_byrne

 

Will is a writer, entrepreneur and adviser to organizations seeking to apply emerging technology toward positive societal impact. He’s currently helping design IDEO’s emerging technology studio, CoLab, he writes a continuing series for FastCompany on ethics and impact in the AI age, and supports Stanford on curriculum development in this space. Will co-founded and served as CEO of Groundswell, which provided disadvantaged communities in the United States access to clean energy. His work applying emerging tech toward social and civic impact has been covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, and international TV and radio. He’s been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, a Forbes 30 under 30, World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and as a Champion of Change by the Executive Office of President Barack Obama.

Marci Harris, CEO and Co-Founder, POPVOX

@POPVOX | CITRIS Research Exchange Presentation

 

Marci Harris is co-founder and CEO of POPVOX an online platform for legislative information, civic engagement, and tools for policymakers. A former Congressional staffer and lawyer, Marci says that her “first startup was a town,” as she led Jackson, TN’s rebuilding efforts following a 2003 tornado. In 2018, she led the People-Centered Internet’s work on “Digital Puerto Rico” policy recommendations for the island’s Recovery Plan. She was named a 2012 Fast Company Top 100 Most Creative People in Business and was an inaugural Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center and a New America California fellow. Marci holds a B.A. in International Relations from Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland; a J.D from the University of Memphis; and an LL.M. from the American University Washington College of Law.

Tom Maiorana, Assistant Professor, Design, UC Davis

@TMaiorana

Recipient of 2019 CITRIS Seed Funding for “Cognition to Action in Extreme Events: Policy Interventions for Disaster Risk Reduction”

 

Tom Maiorana is an assistant professor in the Department of Design at UC Davis and the co-founder of the Product Design Lab at UC Davis. Tom specializes in product design and development, design thinking, and prototyping. His research explores the ways which low-resolution prototypes can be used to create human-centered, complex systems. He is a fellow at the John Muir Institute for the Environment and the co-architect of the OneClimate initiative.

Roya Pakzad, Founder and Director, Taraaz

@RoyaPak

 

Roya Pakzad is the founder and director of Taraaz, a research and consultancy organization at the intersection of technology and human rights. She has worked on research topics including digital rights in the developing world, the role of technology in the livelihoods of refugees, and computational propaganda in the context of US politics and Muslim Americans. She also researches the human rights policies and practices of technology companies. Roya holds degrees from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran (B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering), the University of Southern California (M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering) and Columbia University (M.A. in Human Rights Studies).

Gireeja Ranade, Assistant Teaching Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley

Recipient of 2019 CITRIS Seed Funding for “Bots and Misinformation on Facebook: Prevalence, Activity, and Effects”

 

Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Ranade was a researcher at Microsoft Research AI in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group. She also designed and taught the first offering for the new course sequence EECS16A and EECS16B in the EECS department at UC Berkeley and received the 2017 UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Kenichi Soga, Chancellor’s Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

Recipient of 2019 CITRIS Seed Funding for “Cognition to Action in Extreme Events: Policy Interventions for Disaster Risk Reduction”

 

Kenichi Soga was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Cambridge before joining UC Berkeley in 2016. He has published more than 350 journal and conference papers. His current research activities are infrastructure sensing, performance-based design and maintenance of underground structures, energy geotechnics, and geotechnics from micro to macro. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is the recipient of many awards including George Stephenson Medal and Telford Gold Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Sam Woolley, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

@samuelwoolley | CITRIS Research Exchange Presentation

 

Samuel is an assistant professor in the Moody College of Communication in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, and an associate member of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. He specializes in the study of automation/AI, political communication, and information warfare. He is also a co-founder and former research director of the Computational Propaganda (ComProp) research team at the University of Oxford and the University of Washington. He and his collaborators have done foundational research on the topics of online disinformation and political manipulation, coining the terms ‘computational propaganda’ and ‘political bot.’

Magdalena Wojcieszak, Associate Professor, Communication, UC Davis

Recipient of 2019 CITRIS Seed Funding for “Bots and Misinformation on Facebook: Prevalence, Activity, and Effects”

 

Before joining UC Davis, Magdalena was an associate professor of political communication at Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. Wojcieszak’s research focuses on how people select political information in the current media environment and on the effects of these selections on attitudes, cognitions, and behaviors. She is the PI of an ERC Starting Grant ($1,7500,000) and two other grants that examine ways to minimize selective exposure and biased information processing. Wojcieszak serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Communication and on editorial boards of six other journals.

Felix Wu, Professor, Computer Science, UC Davis

Recipient of 2019 CITRIS Seed Funding for “Bots and Misinformation on Facebook: Prevalence, Activity, and Effects”

 

Professor Wu’s research focuses on social computing, information search and analytics, cyber security,  Internet architecture and protocols.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars are in residence at CITRIS for at least 4 weeks and collaborate with the CITRIS Policy Lab on a focused research project. See VSPA for more info.

Brian Christian, Non-Fiction Author & Poet

 

Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. He is the author, with Tom Griffiths, of Algorithms to Live By, a #1 Audible bestseller, Amazon best science book of the year and MIT Technology Review best book of the year.

Christian’s writing has been translated into nineteen languages, and has appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticWiredThe Wall Street JournalThe GuardianThe Paris Review, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science. Christian has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon StewartRadiolab, and The Charlie Rose Show, and has lectured at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, the Santa Fe Institute, and the London School of Economics. His work has won several awards, including fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, publication in Best American Science & Nature Writing, and an award from the Academy of American Poets.

Student Researchers
COMPUTATIONAL PROPAGANDA

Annette Choi
Grad Student
Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

LinkedIn | @annette_choi

Edward Kang

Undergrad

Rhetoric

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Udit Nakhat

Grad Student

School of Information

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Gisela Pérez de Acha

Lawyer, Grad Student

Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

LinkedIn  @giselilla 

Gurbir Singh 
Undergrad
Political Science with an International Relations focus and Human Rights Interdisciplinary Minor

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Simarjeev Singh

Undergrad

Data Science

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Levi Vonk

Doctoral Student

joint UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco medical anthropology program

Website | @VonkLevi

Willy Wu

Undergrad

Computer Science

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DIGITAL INCLUSION

Maya Rao

Undergrad

Political Economy, Department of International & Area Studies, College of Letters & Sciences

LinkedIn

DIGITAL ID SYSTEMS

Henriette Ruhrmann

MPP Candidate

Goldman School of Public Policy

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Andreas Sampson Geroski

MPP Candidate

Goldman School of Public Policy

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INCLUSIVE AI

Nandita Sampath

MPP Candidate

Goldman School of Public Policy

LinkedIn | @showmethedeets

Past Visiting Scholars & Student Researchers

Past Visiting Scholars

Alejandro Martin del Campo, Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey

@mmdelc 

 

Alejandro researches communication and public opinion at the intersection of traditional and emerging media and is currently researching political discourse and propaganda in social media. Alejandro has over a decade of experience in the broadcast industry, serving as executive producer. He holds degrees in engineering and law from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Manuel Ochoa Ayala, Graduate Student, Michoacan State University

@ManuelOchoa_

 

Manuel is a Master in Public Policy graduate student at the Business and Economics Research Institute of the Michoacan State University in Mexico. He is currently conducting research on measuring the impact of digital inclusion on economic growth in the 32 states in Mexico. He has written on open government and trust in institutions in Mexico and the importance of economic complexity to generate growth. Manuel is currently a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.

Past Student Researchers

Brett Cooper

MBA, Haas School of Business

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Charlotte Godart

BA, Economics & Human Rights Studies

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Maria Leticia Gonzalez Verdugo

MPA, Goldman School of Public Policy

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