Affiliated Faculty

The faculty members listed below are affiliated with the School through a joint appointment with their home departments. Faculty are designated as "affiliated" when their work extends the teaching and research of our School. Affiliated faculty may be regular attendees of iSchool research group meetings, cross-list their courses with ours and their home departments, or serve on advisory committees for our doctoral students.

To become an affiliated faculty member with a zero-percent appointment in the iSchool, a candidate must first be nominated by a current faculty member. The nomination should include a justification for the appointment from the faculty sponsor, a statement from the candidate, and the candidate's CV. The Executive Committee will review the nomination for inclusion on the next Executive Session agenda where the faculty will advise the dean on the appointment. The candidate must be a tenure-system faculty member with a full-time appointment in another unit on campus and must be engaged, or wish to become engaged, in substantive collaboration with our faculty and/or students.

Every two years following the initial appointment, the faculty sponsor will submit a statement to the dean describing the affiliated faculty member’s engagement with the School. Based on this information, the faculty will vote to continue or discontinue the appointment.


Charles J. and Ethel S. Merriam Professor in Political Science
Professor of Communication
Director of the Cline Center for Democracy

PhD, Political Science, Northwestern University
Research Focus

Communication processes that support political accountability in democratic societies and that empower political discontent in non-democratic societies, popular support for war, data science methods for extreme-scale analysis of news coverage, cross-national comparative research on political communication, the psychology of information processing, and communication concepts in democratic theory.


Associate Professor, Media + Cinema Studies

PhD, History and Anthropology of Science and Technology Studies, MIT
Research Focus

Science and Technology Studies, Globalization and Innovation Economies, Critical Data Studies, Data Ethics and Cultures


Director, Mortenson Center

PhD, MS, Library and Information Science, University of Western Ontario
Research Focus

Multicultural library and information services, information seeking behavior, critical information studies, international and comparative librarianship, LIS education.


Professor, University Library

BS, AAE, MSLIS Illinois
Research Focus

Metadata, digital collections and content interoperability, digital library system design and implementation.


Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Hub, NCSA

PhD, Library and Information Science, Illinois; MLIS, Rutgers
Research Focus

Scientific and scholarly production and communication; data curation and stewardship; scientific data collections; science policy.


Research Affiliate

PhD, MA, Anthropology, Northwestern University; BA, Anthropology, Indiana University
Research Focus

Organizational behavior of museums with respect to stakeholder needs, user studies, cultural policies, business models and global contexts; museum informatics, collections data confederation, and issues in archaeological curation; Bayesian-based estimation methods and informed modeling of age, demography, health and migration in past and current human populations


English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University Library

MS, Library and Information Science, Illinois; MA, Humanities/Creative Writing, University of Chicago; BA, History and Literature, Harvard University
Research Focus

Humanities data curation, digital pedagogy, scholarly communication, use and users of digital humanities resources


Professor and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, College of Media

BA, Bennington College

Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library
Editor, Library Trends

MS, Library and Information Science; Master of Education, Illinois BA, Philosophy, University of St. Thomas
Research Focus

Teaching and learning, higher education, globalization, information literacy, library assessment/evaluation, and library quality.


Associate Professor, Computer Science

PhD, Media Arts and Sciences; ME, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Focus

Sociable media design; visualization; assistive communication technologies; computer mediated communication; social network analysis; online community building; empathy online; cues and signals in our networked environment.


Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications, NCSA; Research Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science

PhD, MS, BS, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University
Research Focus

Development and use of advanced cyberinfrastructure to solve challenging problems at multiple scale. Technical: Applications, algorithms, fault tolerance, and programming in parallel and distributed computing. Policy: citation and credit mechanisms and practices associated with software and data, organization and community practices for collaboration, and career paths for computing researchers.


Principal for QualityMetrics LLC; Research Associate, Illinois

PhD, Library and Information Science, Illinois; MEd, Educational Psychology & MLS, Library Science, Kent State University; BA, English Literature and Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Research Focus

Services Marketing, Organizational development, Management, Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, Assessment, Evaluation, Value and Impact of information services


Assistant Professor, Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

PhD, MS, Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland BS, Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Head, Department of Medical Information Science

PhD, University of Arizona
Research Focus

Digital libraries; electronic communities; information infrastructure; health informatics; bioinformatics; healthcare infrastructure


Associate Professor in Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago

MD, PhD (Neuroscience), Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Research Focus

Knowledge discovery, text mining, medical informatics, evidence synthesis, bioinformatics, neuroscience, psychiatry, data literacy, reproducibility in science


Associate Professor, University Library

MSI, University of Michigan; MBA, University of Iowa
Research Focus

Consulting, knowledge management, information seeking behavior, business research applications, information management


Information Sciences and Digital Humanities Librarian and Assistant Professor, University Library

MS, Library and Information Science & PhD, MA, English, Illinois; BA, English, University of Oklahoma
Research Focus

Information behavior, digital publishing, user experience, scholarly communications, digital humanities.


Professor, Geography and Geographic Information Science
Associate Director for CyberGIS, Lead of Earth and Environment Theme, NCSA

PhD, Geography, University of Iowa; MS, Geography, Peking University; BS, Computer Engineering, Tianjin University  
Research Focus

Advanced cyberinfrastructure and cyberGIS; complex environmental and geospatial problems; computational and data sciences; geographic information science and systems (GIS); high-performance parallel and distributed computing; spatial analysis and modeling


Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

MLS, School of Library and Information Science, University of Tennessee at Knoxville MA, English, University of Virginia BA, Literature, Education, Antioch College
Research Focus

Large-scale digitization for preservation and access; digital libraries; legal issues related to digitized content; library administration


Professor, Computer Science

PhD, Language and Information Technologies; MS, Computational Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University PhD, MS, BS, Computer Science, Nanjing University
Research Focus

Intelligent information systems; information retrieval; data mining; natural language processing; machine learning; biomedical and health informatics; intelligent educational systems