Brian Beaton

Associate Professor 


  • Science, Technology & Society

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About Brian Beaton

Dr. Brian Beaton is a full-time faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts, cross-appointed between the History Department and the interdisciplinary program in Science, Technology & Society (STS). Before coming to Cal Poly in 2015, Beaton was a professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh (now the School of Computing and Information), as well as the director of an endowed research unit dedicated to social studies of information science and technology. Beaton also previously worked at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.


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

Courses Taught

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

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