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The newest of the STS research groups, the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Culture, and Inequality group brings together faculty from Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, and Natural Resource Conservation to investigate U.S.-based and international inequalities related to ICT.  The ICT, Culture and Inequality group is planning a proposal to support a research workshop, is identifying and sequencing clusters of related courses for students, and identifying research and teaching priorities.

 

Researchers:

Chakravartty

Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor of Communication (co-lead);
Research areas: Global political economy; inequality and information societies; media and social movements

Paula Chakravartty is Associate Professor of Communication and Faculty Associate at the Center for Public Policy and Administration and Affiliated Faculty at the Labor Center and Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her teaching and research cover news media as well as telecommunication and information and communication technologies, science and technology studies, postcolonial and feminist political theory and political economy, with a focus on India, Brazil and the US. She is currently working on a book about the political culture of exclusion, access and citizenship in India’s fractured information society. She is also working on a second project on the changing political economy of development communication in Brazil and India. 

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castaneda

Mari Castañeda, Associate Professor of Communication;
Research areas: Communication policy and the property creation of digital technologies; Spanish-language and Latina/o media and cultural production; the political economy of global media and transnational telecommunications.

Mari Castañeda is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Castañeda received her Ph.D. in Communication at UCSD, but also studied with faculty in Ethnic Studies, Sociology, History and Compartive Literature. She approaches research and teaching with an interdisciplinary, historical, and critical lens. Her current project examines the transition to broadcast digital television in the US and the ways in which low income and Spanish-speaking communities are going to be affected by the transition.

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fountain

Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy (co-lead);
Research areas:organization Theory; information technology and politics; science, technology and society

Jane E. Fountain is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, founder and Director of the National Center for Digital Government, Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Initiative, and Director of the Women in the Information Age Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research is focused at the intersection of institutions, global information and communication technologies, and governance.  Fountain is the author of Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), which was awarded an Outstanding Academic Title 2002 by Choice, and has been translated into and published in Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese.

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fuentes-bautista

Martha Fuentes-Bautista, Assistant Professor of Communication and Public Policy;
Research areas:  Telecommunication and community media policy; technology and inequality; immigration and new media technologies; global communications and institutions; communication policy in the Americas; social movements and new media technologies.

Martha Fuentes-Bautista is Assistant Professor of Communication and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on the social and policy implications of information and communication technologies with a particular interest in how ICT may exacerbate or alleviate social inequalities. Building on case studies in Latin America and the U.S., her research projects explore the institutional context of ICT adoption and use in inner city and rural communities, and the role of local governments, non-profits, and social movements in promoting and managing community computing solutions for these populations.

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geddes

Henry Geddes, Associate Professor of Communication;
Research areas: Communication and Latin American studies; cultural criticism and policy; global communication and international relations; political economy of the media and of Latin American societies.

Henry Geddes is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is author or co-author of "The Politics of Restructuring Difference in the Americas: A Critique of (Neo) Colonial Iconography"; "Narrative, Popular Memory and Cultural Industry: The Evolution of the Peruvian Telenovela and its Implications for Latin America"; "U.S. Network Television News Coverage of Mexico, 1972-1982: Agenda for Social Development and International Relations"; and "Articulating Narrative Strategies: The Peruvian Telenovela"; Politicas de Televisión en los Paises Andinos; Tecnologia, Comunicación y Desarrollo. His current research includes: theories of the world system and implications for political, economic and cultural practices; globalization of cultural industries; North American Free Trade Agreement and information policy; media, culture and ethnicity in the Americas; cultural studies as a discipline from the margins of the world system; mass media and the tourism industry in the rapid transformation of Mayan communities in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico.

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schweik

Charlie Schweik, Associate Professor of Natural Resources Conservation and Public Policy
Research areas: environmental management and policy, public-sector information technology, and the intersection of those domains.

Charles M. Schweik is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment shared between the Department of Natural Resources Conservation and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also the Associate Director of the National Center for Digital Government , and an affilated researcher with the Science, Technology, and Society Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Schweik’s research focuses on environmental management and policy, public-sector information technology, and the intersection of those domains. His overall interest is to improve the way environmental policy makers, natural resource managers, and citizens understand the effects of their actions and policies, collaborate, and share information about lessons learned through innovative applications of information technology.

 

For additional STS Research Clusters, visit our Research Page.

 

 

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