Stephen Slota

Stephen Slota

Postdoctoral Fellow


Stephen C. Slota is a postdoctoral researcher and Bullard Fellow at the UT Austin School of information, specializing in the sociotechnical and ethical dimensions of science and data policy. Previously, Stephen has been a member of the DELab at the University of Washington, and a postdoctoral scholar at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He has studied large national cyberinfrastructure projects in the geosciences, consortium-building efforts among researchers and developers in data science, and more recently the relationship between industry and the academy in infrastructuring and coordinating data resources in digital and precision agriculture. Through ethnographic and documentary methods, Stephen studies standards and usages of data description and access, computational systems and software, and develops an account of the national and organizational policy that supports, plans for, and responds to the knowledge they produce.


Ph.D. in Informatics University of California, Irvine

MLIS, 2008: University of Pittsburgh

B.A. English, 2006: Messiah College

Areas Of Specialization

Science and Technology Studies
Sociotechnical Systems
Information and Data Ethics and Values
Science and Technology Policy
Infrastructure Studies

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2022SpringI 303Ethical Foundations for Informatics
2022SpringI 301Introduction to Informatics
2021FallI 302Academic Success in the Digital University
2021FallI 301Introduction to Informatics