University of California, Los Angeles, 2019
Doctor of Philosophy, Information Studies
Committee: Dr. Jean-François Blanchette (Chair),  Dr. Johanna Drucker, Dr. Christopher Kelty, Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

University of California, Los Angeles, 2013
Masters of Arts, Social Sciences and Comparative Education. Sub-specialty: Cultural Studies
Advisor: Dr. Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2012
Master of Arts, Anthropology of Media
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Latham


2022 – present
Postdoctoral Fellow
ScholCommLab/ Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing
Simon Fraser University

2020 – 2022
Postdoctoral Fellow
Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Harvard University

2019 – 2020
Instructional Design and Open Educational Resources Librarian
Library/Learning Resources Center
College of the Sequoias


Spring 2020: Faculty Librarian, College of the Sequoias.

Courses taught: Introduction to College Research

Winter & Fall 2017: Teaching Fellow and Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Information Studies.

Courses taught: Information and Power, Digital Cultures & Communities

Fall 2013 – Fall 2018: Teaching Assistant-Fellow and Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Germanic Languages.

Courses taught: The Holocaust in Film and Literature, German 1- 4

Winter 2013: Teaching Assistant, University of California – Los Angeles, UCLA School of Music, Department of Musicology.

Courses TAd for: The History of Rock’n’Roll


Chtena, N. (2021). “Opening” Art History: Exploring the Motivations and Practices of Faculty Using Open Educational Resources in Lower-Level and General Education Art History Courses. Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME). DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jime.677

Farrow, R., Cardoso, P., Chtena, N., Cox, G., Czerwonogora, A., DeWaard, H., Iniesto, P., Kuhn, C., Peramunugamage, A., Pitt, R., Vladimirschi, V. & Weller, M. (2021). GO-GN Research Review. Global OER Graduate Network. https://go-gn.net/gogn_outputs/research-review-winter-2021/

Douce, C., Chtena, N., Ferguson, G., Fox, A. and Gray, B.C., (2020). Book Review – 2020. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2020(1), 16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jime.597 

Chtena, N. (2019). The Social Construction of Openness: Open Textbooks and Their Interpretations. TheInternational Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 15(3). https://doi.org/10.18848/1832-3669/CGP/v15i03/23-40

Chtena, N. (2018). Sex Media, Feona Attwood (Book review). InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 13 (2). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7287901t

Chtena, N. (2015). Massive Open Online Courses: The MOOC Revolution Edited by Paul Kim (Book review). InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 11(2). http://escholarship.org/uc/item/66k2v39p

Chtena, N. (2015). What’s the Matter? (Re)Considering the Materiality of Social Software in Educational Practice. Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2015). http://toc.proceedings.com/28239webtoc.pdf

Chtena, N. (2015). The Materiality of Virtual Learning Environments: Developing an Analytical Framework for the Study of Educational Platforms, Artifacts and Applications. Proceedings of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015, Sciforum Electronic Conference Series (1), doi:10.3390/isis-summit-vienna-2015-T1.1003


2022. Building a Culture of Research Excellence and Transparency: Challenges & Opportunities,Library, Learning, Research & Enterprise at SOAS, University of London, March 11th. [talk]

2021. “Enhanced eBooks: A media convergence,” Oxford International Centre for Publishing, Oxford Brookes University, August 25th. [talk]

2021. “Photojournalism in the Misinformation Age” (with Dudley Brooks, Deputy Director of Photography, The Washington Post and Beth Flynn, Deputy Photo Editor, New York Times), Social Documentary Network, April 3rd. [panel]

2020. “Impacts of Openness: Exploring pressing questions about access to knowledge” (with Kelly Fitzpatrick, Xihong Lin, and Mitch Nakaue), Harvard Library, October 21st. [panel]

2020. “The Quantified Self: Body data, data bodies, and the quest for self-actualization through technology,” Digital Studies Institute, University of Michigan, March 11th. [talk]

2019. “Expanding the practice of open education across PSU through a program of engagement,” PSU Libraries, Penn State College Park, December 9th. [talk]

2019. “Disrupting the Textbook? Open textbooks in theory and practice,” School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, CUNY, April 11th. [talk]

2019. “Data Smart: Data literacy for a data-driven society,” Course: Introduction to Library and Information Science, School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, CUNY, New York, April 11th. [talk]

2016. “What Lies Beneath: Uncovering power in large-scale ed-tech initiatives.” Course: Information and Power (IS10), Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, February 23rd. [talk]

2016. “Understanding medical misinformation.” Course: Information and Society (IS130), Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, February 23rd. [talk]


Chtena, N. (2019). “Opening” Art History: Re-designing the survey course with open educational resources. Poster presented at the College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 13-16. 

Chtena, N. (2018). Open textbooks in theory and practice: Lessons from California. Paper presented at the Open Education Global Conference, Delft, Netherlands, April 25.

Chtena, N. (2018). From codex to bits: open textbooks and their implications for knowledge production, distribution and reuse. Paper presented at the GOGN Workshop, Delft, Netherlands, April 20.

Chtena, N. (2017). Open textbooks in California: discourses, materialities and knowledge practices at the community and undergraduate state college level. Paper presented at the International Conference for Distance Education, Toronto, October 16-19.

Chtena, N. (2016). Sharks take over Twitter: Rhetoric, technology and shark conservation.Paper presented at the 14thAnnual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, January 8-12.

Chtena, N. (2016). Social media and shark education: Performing sharkdom on Twitter. Poster presented at the Research & Inquiry Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, May 24.

Chtena, N. (2015). What’s the matter? (Re)considering the materiality of social software in educational practice. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Denver, CO, November 11-15.

Chtena, N. (2015). What’s the matter? (Re)considering the materiality of social software in educational practice. Paper presented at ECEL 2015, Hatfield, UK, October 29-30.

Chtena, N. (2015). The materiality of virtual learning environments: developing an analytical framework for the study of educational platforms, artifacts and applications. Paper presented at the 4th ISIS Summit Vienna, Austria, June 3-7.

Chtena, N. (2015). The materiality of Skype in educational practice. Poster presented at the Research & Inquiry Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, May 28.

Chtena, N. (2014). Knowledge and Learning Beyond the Classroom. Session Chair,  Research & Inquiry Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, June 4.

Chtena, N. (2013). Where Media and Education Meet. Panel Chair, 2013 CIES Western Regional Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, November 7-9.

Chtena, N., Rozhenkova, V. & Song, J. (2013). Teaching critical thinking across borders: Greece, Russia and China at a glance. Multi-media presentation at the annual conference of the Californian Association of Freirean Educators (CAFÉ), UCLA, Los Angeles, April 12-13.

Chtena, N., Rozhenkova, V. & Song, J. (2013). Quality of Education and Critical Thinking: Teaching critical thinking across borders. Multi-media presentation at the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), New Orleans, Louisiana, March 10-15.


“One-year temporary OER Librarian positions,” Meeting with Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, Open Oregon, February 11, 2020.

OER Advocacy Meeting with U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (Meeting Leader) as part of OpenCon 2016, November 14 2016, Washington D.C.


Sweet, J. (2021, July – August). Behind the Scenes: Scholars’ Differing Perspectives. Harvard Magazine. https://www.harvardmagazine.com/donate/behind-the-scenes/disinformationperspectives [mentioned in]

Sweet, J. (2021, July – August). “Can disinformation be stopped? Scholars’ perspectives on a pervasive new threat” Harvard Magazine. https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2021/07/features-disinformation [quoted in]

Tsimitakis, M. (2021, May 7). “Should we be talking about censorship on Facebook?” Propaganda.gr. https://popaganda.gr/stories/natasa-chtena-ine-to-facebook-meso-enimerosis-ke-ine-sosto-na-milame-gia-logokrisia-se-afto/ [interview in Greek]

Glazunova, L. (2021, April 14). “Welcome to the Telegram climate misinformation jungle.” Climatetracker.org.https://climatetracker.org/welcome-to-the-telegram-climate-misinformation-jungle/ [quoted in]

Willens, M. (2021, January 19). “Creator platforms emerge as a front in misinformation battles.” Digiday.https://digiday.com/media/creator-platforms-emerge-as-a-front-in-misinformation-battles/ [quoted in]

Cho, E. M., & Cho, I. B. (2021, January 8). ‘We Anticipated This’: Shorenstein Center Faculty and Researchers React to Riots on Capitol Hill. The Crimson. Available from: https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2021/1/8/shorenstein-center-react/ [quoted in]

Harmon, J. (2015, December 15). Natascha Chtena: IS Doctoral Student Swims With Sharks. Ampersand: UCLA Ed & IS Online Magazine. Available from: https://ampersand.gseis.ucla.edu/natascha-chtena-is-doctoral-student-swims-with-sharks/ [interview]


  • OER Research Fellow Grant, Open Education Group/ Hewlett Foundation, 2018.
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship,Graduate Division, University of California, Los Angeles, 2018.
  • Best Teaching Assistant, Department of Germanic Languages, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016.
  • Andrew Horn Memorial Scholarship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016.
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015.
  • Doctoral Scholarship, Leventis Foundation, 2012-2015.
  • David Vickter Foundation Fellowship, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies,  University of California, Los Angeles, 2014.
  • Prize of Excellence for the National University Entry Exams, Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation, 2005.
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