Brian Beaton

Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Expressive Technologies


  • Science, Technology & Society

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About Brian Beaton

Dr. Brian Beaton is Director of the Center for Expressive Tech (CET) and an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts. Beaton is one of the original faculty members in Cal Poly’s Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program. Beaton’s research and teaching concentrate on the recent history of technology, the future of technology, the changing nature of work, and cultures of expertise. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) much of his current research specifically concentrates on the future of data science and cybersecurity.

Dr. Beaton did his graduate work at NYU and the University of Toronto, where he trained in Michelle Murphy’s Technoscience Research Unit. Before coming to Cal Poly in 2015, Beaton was a professor in the School of Information Sciences (now the School of Computing and Information) at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directed an endowed research unit on the social impacts of information technologies.

Beaton’s courses at Cal Poly cover a wide range of topics: Science, Technology & Society (STS); the history of technology; the engineering and design of information systems and services; digital culture; the future of work; and creative engagements with computing.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.A., New York University (NYU)

Courses Taught

  • Digital Culture
  • History of Network Technology 
  • Introduction to Science, Technology & Society (STS)
  • Advanced Project-Based Learning in STS

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