ITTC Contacts

Bill Staples
Bill Staples
Professor, Sociology; Director, Surveillance Studies Research Center

ITTC Lab Affiliation(s)
   Information Assurance Laboratory
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  • Selected Awards & Honors
  • 2014-2019 Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, U.S. Department of State
  • Paul Gibson and Helen Waddle Roofe Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2016 - 2017
  • 2015 Surveillance Studies Network Book Prize for Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life (2/e), 2014. Sponsored by the Surveillance Studies Network, the international information network on surveillance. 2016
  • E. Jackson Baur Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas, 2013 - 2014
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2013
  • 2012 KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Craig Anthony Arnold Faculty Innovation Award, 2012
  • Balfour Jeffrey Research Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, Higuchi-KU Endowment, 2011
  • E. Jackson Baur Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas, 2010 - 2011
  • 2005-2010 Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, U. S. Department of State, 2010
  • Outstanding Academic Title, The Encyclopedia of Privacy (Volumes 1-2), CHOICE Reviews, from the Association of College & Research Libraries, 2007
  • Phi Beta Delta, International Scholars, 2005
  • American Sociological Association Book Prize for, Power, Profits, and Patriarchy: The Social Organization of Work at a British Metal Trades Firm, 1791-1922 (with C. Staples). Roman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001
  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Mentor Award, KU Graduate and Professional Association, 2003
  • Graduate Teacher Appreciation Award, KU Center for Teaching Excellence, 2001
  • Faculty Fellow, KU Center for Teaching Excellence, 1999
  • Quest for the Best Faculty Competition Award, KU ASTUTE Technology Center, 1993
  • Outstanding Academic Title, Castles of Our Conscience: Social Control and the American State, 1800-1985, CHOICE Reviews, from the Association of College & Research Libraries, 1991
  • Honorable Mention, Best Recent Article, Comparative Historical Section of the American Sociological Association, for "Technology, Control and the Social Organization of Work at a British Hardware Firm, 1791-1891", 1989
  • Alpha Kappa Delta: The Honor Society of Sociology, 1984
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, 1983

William G. Staples is Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Founding Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA. Staples is well-known internationally for his work in the areas of social control and surveillance. He is the author of five books and dozens of articles and chapters. His most recent work is the second edition of Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life, considered a foundational work in the interdisciplinary field of Surveillance Studies. Staples is past Co-Editor of Sociological Inquiry, The Sociological Quarterly, and is currently Associate Editor of Surveillance & Society, the international journal of the Surveillance Studies Network.

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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