Jon Gant

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Research Associate Professor
Director, Center for Digital Inclusion

PhD, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon

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(217) 333-5975
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Office Hours

Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Curriculum Vitae   

Research Focus

Electronic government, information technology, and organization design; social networks, knowledge management, and information technology; evaluation of broadband Internet; strategic management of information systems; and geographic information systems and geospatial technologies.

Other Professional Appointments

Visiting Resident Fellow, Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies


Jon Gant is a national leader in broadband research and evaluation, specializing in analyzing the social and economic impact of broadband, telecommunication, and digital literacy investments. He has published groundbreaking research on Internet access and adoption across the U.S., including coauthoring the first report to examine broadband adoption among minority communities.

Gant serves as director and research associate professor at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under Gant's direction, CDI is helping to incubate new applications that will run on ultra-high speed broadband networks. CDI is also developing new models of digital inclusion for communities through the Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program, a partnership with University of Illinois Extension and C-U FabLab. Gant is the board chair and a former director of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B), a $30-million dollar project dedicated to building one of the fastest broadband networks in the country. He also serves as vice chair of the Telecommunication Policy Research Conference Program Committee.

Gant is a specialist in e-government, geospatial information systems, strategic planning, and information systems, and teaches a variety of courses on these subjects. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Organization for Economic Coordination and Development, International Telecommunication Union, and National Science Foundation are among funders of Gant’s research. He received his MS and PhD degrees from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied public policy and information management.

Research Projects

Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program

The Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program will increase opportunities for entrepreneurship, economic development, and innovation through the expansion of digital manufacturing, digital media production, and data analytics. Supported by the University of Illinois Extension, the project will engage Illinoisans with mobile digital design and innovation labs, or “DigiTech Hubs,” which will serve as high-tech inventor workshops...

Completed Research Projects

Related Topics

Community Informatics, Ethics and Values for Information, Social and Information Networks, Social Informatics, information security and privacy, telecommunications policy, broadband Internet