Core Faculty

Our exceptional faculty includes nationally recognized, award-winning, innovative teachers and researchers, who combine strong teaching skills with specialty expertise. They are regularly included on the university's lists of "teachers rated excellent by their students," and are active researchers: each of our full-time faculty members has served as principal investigator for at least one grant-funded project in the last two years. Students have the opportunity to learn not only from our tenure-system faculty (listed below), but also from other expert practitioners, including a strong team of adjunct faculty, affiliated faculty, emeritus faculty members, and PhD student teaching assistants.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Psychology, Purdue University
Research Focus

The interface of information technology, human psychology, and society; especially how privacy, security, and trust intersect from a psychological point of view with information systems.

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Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship

PhD, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Research Focus

Biomedical informatics, natural language processing, evidence-based discovery, learning health systems, socio-technical systems, data analytics, literature based discovery.

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Senior Lecturer

PhD, American Literature, SUNY Buffalo
Research Focus

Publishing, scholarly communication, networked communication, the economics of information.

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Professor

PhD, Astrophysics, The Johns Hopkins University
Research Focus

The development of data science, the application of machine learning, algorithmic optimization, statistical uncertainty and its incorporation in machine learning, data management, effective visualization, and data storytelling.

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Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director

PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers
Research Focus

Human information behavior, particularly in an online context; diversity and social justice in librarianship; LIS education and pedagogy, particularly in the online environment; information literacy and instruction.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Computer Science, Oxford
Research Focus

Citizen science, information infrastructures for science, sociotechnical challenges to scientific data curation, material politics of scientific collaboration.

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Assistant Professor and PhD Program Director

PhD in Computation, Organizations and Society, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon
Research Focus

Human-centered data science, computational social science, network science, natural language processing, machine learning, data regulations.

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Professor and Associate Dean for Research

PhD, Library and Information Science, Western Ontario
Research Focus

Design and evaluation of information retrieval systems, including multimedia music information retrieval; the political economy of internetworked communication systems; database design; Web-based technologies.

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Teaching Associate Professor

PhD, Information Science, Pittsburgh
Research Focus

The foundations of information representation and description; issues of expression and encoding in documents and digital information resources.

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Professor

PhD, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Research Focus

Social informatics; collective, distributed, and self-organizing information systems; conceptual  foundations of information; extreme-scale distributed simulation; origins and use of information in biological systems.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, English, Illinois
Research Focus

Children's literature and material culture, British literature, history of education and literacy, social history, child labor, thing theory, fantasy, science fiction, science and technology in literature, automata, digital humanities pedagogy.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Sociology, UC-Davis
Research Focus

Personal archiving; online community and identity; social aspects of computing; research methodology; and gender and technology.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers
Research Focus

Information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, print culture and reading practices.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Information Science, Indiana
Research Focus

Interrogating historical and contemporary naming practices and power dynamics in cultural heritage collections of films, comics and zines. Methods: Community-based participatory research and oral history.

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Professor and Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship

PhD, Computer Science, University of Freiburg
Research Focus

Data and knowledge management, specifically the modeling, design, and optimization of scientific workflows, provenance, data integration, and knowledge representation; scientific workflow systems; data curation.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Information Studies, Drexel
Research Focus

Teens, youth, everyday life, technology use and non-use, youth services, social computing, values and design.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame
Research Focus

Manuscript, print, and digital cultures; the production and circulation of knowledge; manuscript studies; book history; history of science; medieval and early modern collecting; history of archives and libraries.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Library and Information Studies, Berkeley
Research Focus

Sociotechnical and social constructionist approaches to design and development of information systems; digital preservation and knowledge curation; metadata and information. 

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Associate Professor

PhD, Library and Information Science, Illinois
Research Focus

Storytelling practices and applications (in higher education, non-profits, business, and public service); youth services librarianship; children's print culture history; public libraries as cultural spaces.

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Professor and Dean

PhD, Philosophy, Brown
Research Focus

Development of formal ontologies for scientific and cultural objects and application of those ontologies in information system design, scientific publishing, and data curation in the sciences and humanities.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway
Research Focus

Linked data (ontologies, metadata, Semantic Web); argumentation and evidence; scholarly communication; knowledge organization; computer-supported cooperative work; biomedical informatics.

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Professor and Executive Associate Dean

PhD, Information Transfer, Syracuse
Research Focus

Education for library and information science, with particular attention to online pedagogy; history of information science; impact of new technologies on reference and information services.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Statistics, Stanford; Master of Legal Studies, Stanford Law School
Research Focus

Enabling reproducibility in computational science, including the study of adequacy and robustness in replicated results, designing and implementing validation systems, developing standards of openness for data and code sharing, and resolving legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Information Science, Indiana
Research Focus

History of youth services librarianship, children's print culture, information inquiry and instruction in school libraries, information seeking and use, and media literacy.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Engineering Science, Louisiana State
Research Focus

Mathematical optimization; computational statistics; text and data mining; literature-based discovery; bioinformatics.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Physics, Stanford University
Research Focus

Data analysis and visualization, social structures of academic software communities, information transmission through software.

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Professor and MS/IM Program Director

PhD, Computing, Lancaster (UK)
Research Focus

Computer-supported cooperative work; collaborative technologies in digital libraries and museums; user interface design and evaluation; open-source usability; information visualization; ubiquitous learning, social learning of technology, rapid prototyping and evaluation.

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Professor

PhD, English, Cornell University
Research Focus

Statistical and computational modeling of humanistic evidence; machine learning and text mining; book history; digital libraries; sociology of literature; computational social science; digital humanities.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Library Science, Illinois
Research Focus

International librarianship; library and information science education; collection development; management and assessment of library services; government information resources; economics of information; intellectual freedom issues; public librarianship.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Information, Michigan
Research Focus

Technology use in local communities and by ordinary people; public libraries past, present, and future; social capital as a crucial resource in the information revolution.