Bruce Bimber is Professor of Political Science and (by affiliation) Communication at UC Santa Barbara. He studies political communication, with a focus on the relationship between digital media and patterns in human behavior, especially in the domains of political organization and collective action.
His most recent book is Collective Action in Organizations, with Andrew Flanagin and Cynthia Stohl. He is author of Information and American Democracy, which won the Price Award for Best Book on Science, Technology and Politics from the American Political Science Association, and which is available in Chinese, Arabic, and Korean. His book Campaigning Online, with Richard Davis, won the McGannon Communication Policy Award for social and ethical relevance. He is also author of The Politics of Expertise in Congress and many journal articles.
Prof. Bimber has been a member of the UC Santa Barbara faculty since 1993. In 1999, he founded the Center for Information Technology and Society, which he directed until 2006. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has a doctorate in political science from MIT, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Stanford.
All Prof. Bimber's classes employ the GauchoSpace course management system for assignments, readings, notices, and student interaction. Selected traditional syllabi are also available here in pdf form.
12 American Government and Politics
PS 171 Politics and Communication
PS 197abc Senior Honors Seminar
PS 266 Contemp. Problems Amer. Gov.
PS 267 Political Communication
Prof. Bimber welcomes prospective doctoral students interested in studying with me. His current PhD candidates are working on the following: digital media, the Occupy movement, and news media treatment of inequality (Julian Gottlieb); political communication and political consumerism (Lauren Copeland); Internet skills and political participation (Hector Galano); digital media, issue salience, and the political agenda (Galen Stocking). Recently completed PhD students have written dissertations on: music as political communication; the effect of personality on susceptibility to news framing effects; political talk radio; and digital media and exposure to political difference.
Office: Ellison Hall 3708
Email: [my last name]@polsci.ucsb.edu