I am Chancellor's Professor of Informatics and Associate Dean for Research in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and in Anthropology. My research lies at the intersection of computer science and social science, with a particular interest in ubiquitous and mobile computing and the cultural practices surrounding digital media.

In addition to my official appointments, I am affiliated with several interdisciplinary initiatives and centers on campus, including the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, the Center for Cyber-Security and Privacy, the Institute for Software Research, the Center for Organizational Research, and the Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds, the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, the Center for Ethnography, and the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion. (Phew.) Beyond campus, I am an Honorary Senior Fellow in Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

According to an anonymous student reviewer, I am "by far the most eccentric professor in ICS," which I choose to take as a compliment. The competition for "most eccentric" is pretty tough around here. My Erdos Number is 3. I am a Fellow of the ACM and a member of the SIGCHI Academy.

A more formal bio for external talks and similar uses is here.

May 4, 2017

Tomorrow is the official launch date for my new book, "The Stuff of Bits: An Essay on the Materialities of Information", published by MIT Press. A few copies arrived at my office yesterday and I'm delighted in how this book has come out. Now I get to nervously await reviews and feedback. Meantime, though, we'll have a great launch party at CHI 2017 in Denver next week and then another at ICA in San Diego, where we'll jointly celebrate this book and two other new MIT Press books from Meryl Alper and Jessa Lingel. Excitement!

March 4, 2017

I'm delighted, if a little daunted, to have taken on a new role as Associate Dean for Research in the School of ICS at Irvine. In this role, my responsibilities are to enhance research infrastructure and especially support for large-scale research efforts across all three departments, and to build on the talents and efforts of our faculty to enhance our research capacity and our research reputation nationally. An exciting set of challenges ahead...

January 18, 2017

A few days ago, I shipped off the index to my new book to MIT Press. That's the last piece I needed to deliver to them before the book could go into production. It is scheduled to appear at the end of April, and we'll have a launch party for it at the CHI 2017 conference in Denver in May. It's also available for pre-order on

November 16, 2016

Although I haven't yet seen the galley proofs, my upcoming book is already listed for pre-order on Amazon. I hope it proves equally enticing when it actually exists. Meantime, I'm prepping for my class on Theories of the Information Society in January (the syllabus for which needs to be revised to take account of our recent election), some of which I'll do during upcoming trips to Tasmania for OzCHI 2016 (including a workshop on Wine and Interaction Design) and to Dublin for an IFIP 8.2 working conference on technology and organizations.