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, where he serves as a core faculty member in the new Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program. Beaton’s research and teaching focus on the history and future of science and technology, on information systems and services, and on social facets of new and emerging STEM professions such as data science.

Dr. Beaton did his graduate work at NYU and the University of Toronto, where he trained in the 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 teaching at Cal Poly covers a wide range of important and timely topics: STS, digital culture, legacy hardware and software, data and society, interactive media, immersive environment design, creativity challenges in STEM, and critical engagements with technology


  • 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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