Assistant Professor

Dan Lane's research and teaching explore how individuals and groups use communication technology to create social and political change. His recent work focuses on how technologies like social media shape political inequality.


Dan Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara and director of the UCSB Digital Political Inequality Lab. Working at the intersection of political communication, intergroup communication, and communication technology, his current interconnected lines of research examine how political expression on social media can stimulate political engagement, improve intergroup relations, and reduce political inequality. These interests have their origins in Dan’s time as the founder of Good Eye Video, a digital storytelling company working with non-profits and social causes around the globe. His research has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of CommunicationCommunication ResearchInformation, Communication & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated CommunicationHuman Communication Research, and Social Media + Society.


Ph.D. (2019), University of Michigan, Communication Studies

B.S. (2004), Syracuse University, Television, Radio, & Film