Kelly Gates

University of California, San Diego
Department of Communication, 0503
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0503

(858) 822-7249
Fax: (858) 534-7315

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Dr. Gates's research focuses on new media, science and technology studies and cultural policy. She is currently writing a book on the use of new information technology for purposes of surveillance, focusing on Facial Recognition Technology. In this work, Prof. Gates explores the social construction of facial recognition technology, focusing both on the conceptual and cultural frameworks we use to think about the technology, and on the constellations of interests, institutions and social practices that shape its development and use. Her research examines the use of facial recognition technology in urban video surveillance, in the post-9/11 "war on terror," in video forensics and facial expression analysis, and for consumer applications, exploring the ways in which these technologies fix social identities. At UCSD she will teach classes on the Internet and society and on new information technology.


Dr. Gates was awarded her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2004, and taught in the Department of Media Studies at Queens College before coming to UCSD.