Doctoral Students

ahmed_shameem
Advisor:
Kate Williams

Areas of Research:

My research interests include Community Informatics and ICT4D (Information and Communication Technology for Development). I’m particularly interested in examining the role of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for the economic, social, and cultural development of people in underdeveloped countries. I have also interest on online communities, wireless computing, mobile computing, and cloud computing.

jaustin
Advisor:
Christine Jenkins

Areas of Research:

My research interests and activities include the provision of library services to youth in juvenile detention and the complex political and social systems that surround this work (especially the gendered, racialized, and ability-centric systems that affect youth and their overlap with publishing). Previously, I was the project coordinator for Mix IT Up!, an IMLS-funded project that recruits traditionally underrepresented students to work with underserved youth in a variety of settings. I am interested in the incorporation of critical praxis in LIS, in academia as well as in the library.

Field Exam Area:
Youth Literature and Services
Dissertation:

Libraries for Social Change: Centering youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth in library practice

karen_baker
Advisor:
Carole Palmer

Areas of Research:

My research interests include information management, data curation, digital repositories, and data practices in the sciences. My work explores the continuing development of information infrastructures and information environments for individual and collective learning.

Field Exam Area:
Use and Users of Information
Dissertation:

Data Work Configurations in the Field-Based Natural Sciences: Mesoscale Infrastructures, Project Collectives, and Data Gateways

buck
Advisor:
Rachel M. Magee

Areas of Research:

My research interest is in youth and information access and use, both in formal and informal learning settings. I am particularly interested in diversity and the school performance and economic impacts of computing knowledge and proficiency, and in the role school and public libraries can play in addressing racial end economic disparities in access to information.

yi-yun_cheng
Advisor:
Bertram Ludäscher

Areas of Research:

My research interests are on topics related to the semantic web, linked open data and ontologies. I've worked on cross-lingual ontology mapping/matching problems from a knowledge organization perspective. To be more specific, I tried to align concepts in different languages from different schemas and merge them into one ontology. I'm currently working with Professor Bertram Ludäscher on projects related to taxonomy alignment. 

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Advisor:
J. Stephen Downie

Areas of Research:

My research interests lie in the intersection of technology, human, and music. I am interested in music information retrieval and digital library research using data mining, machine learning, and music signal processing. I have worked on various topics including a cross-cultural exploration of K-Pop genre/mood, automatic music topic classification using texts and audio features, music mood classification, and automatic lyrics-to-audio alignment.

Field Exam Area:
Information Storage and Retrieval
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Advisor:
Linda C. Smith

Areas of Research:

I am interested in how information technologies connect people who are spread out in space and time. How has social media technology altered the “international student experience”? How are social media and online learning systems (including both for-credit programs and Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs) connecting geographically dispersed peoples, both for community building and educational purposes? What are the ramifications of changes and new/current patterns in those connections across space and time, and what might the future implications of those changes and patterns be?

Field Exam Area:
Educational Informatics
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Advisor:
Christine Jenkins

Areas of Research:

I examine historical perceptions, expectations, and implementations of institutions as information environments acting in the public interest.

Dissertation:

"Procure, propagate, and distribute among the people": The information services of the U.S Department of Agriculture, 1862-1888

lydinh
Advisor:
Jana Diesner

Areas of Research:

My current academic interest is on computational social science, specifically on how digital research methods such as network analysis and social simulation models can be used to advance our understanding of various social and organizational systems.

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Advisor:
Carole Palmer

Areas of Research:

My current research focuses on digital collections, ranging from organizational and descriptive problems in large digital libraries, to the creation and use of highly curated collections of evidence in the humanities. In particular, I am interested in collections as one piece of the rapidly evolving machinery of scholarly communication, and as related to humanities data sharing and alternative and open digital publishing. My previous work has focused on metadata semantics, representation, analysis, and evaluation; subject analysis in large collections of information; the development, design, use, and evaluation of cultural heritage aggregations and large-scale digital libraries; and library publishing and scholarly communication practices.

Field Exam Area:
Information organization and access
Dissertation:

Thematic research collections: Libraries and the evolution of alternative digital publishing in the humanities

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Advisor:
Catherine Blake

Areas of Research:

The interface between computation and life science has always fascinated me. While studying medical informatics, I came across an interesting case of a chemotherapy drug that sometimes had no effect or could harm the patient depending on the presence of specific genetic markers. The information about these biomarkers had languished in the literature for many years but it was spread across many disciplines. Scientists have trouble keeping up with the literature in their own fields much less several fields. This is an information science problem that could be solved with natural language processing and data and text mining techniques. My goal is to mine the vast scientific literature and genetic databases for biomarkers that predict drug efficacy.

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Advisor:
Catherine Blake

Areas of Research:

My research motivation involves extracting patterns and relations from textual data that will help scientists and scholars make discoveries from large text datasets. The related areas include information retrieval, natural language processing, text mining, and ontology.

Field Exam Area:
Socio-technical Data Analytics
Ruohua
Advisor:
Lori Kendall

Areas of Research:

My research interests are in records management and archives administration, personal archiving, and memory media and memory institutions. Currently, I am examining a number of specific personal memory practices (e.g., personal scrapbooking) in more detail and exploring potential comparative research angles between such practices in the US and China.

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Advisor:
J. Stephen Downie

Areas of Research:

My research interest lies in music information retrieval (MIR), especially music mood/genre classification using text mining and signal processing techniques, as well as topics related to MIR evaluation.

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Advisor:
Bertram Ludäscher

Areas of Research:

My research interests include information management, knowledge discovery, and data analytics. I am motivated in building smarter information systems that can help people get insights from data and make important decisions, without the hassle of going through the laborious work of collecting and disambiguating knowledge. I am currently working with Prof. Jodi Schneider on information extraction on healthcare data. Particularly, we study medication systematic review process and propose solutions for automatic extraction of important medical data elements that could help reduce the time necessary to complete a systematic review in healthcare.

jett
Advisor:
Allen Renear

Areas of Research:

I employ formal methods to examine issues in the conceptual foundations of information access, organization, and retrieval, especially with regards to web and data semantics. Knowledge representation techniques and modeling exercises, such as ontology development and conceptual modeling, represent a sizable area of overlap in my research.

Field Exam Area:
Information Organization & Access
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Advisor:
Jana Diesner

Areas of Research:

I'm interested in developing computational methods for better understanding the propagation of information from public discourse on social issues. The related research areas include text mining, natural language processing and information retrieval.

jjones
Advisor:
Jerome McDonough

Areas of Research:

My research focuses on standards for moving image digitization - the social aspects of their design, the technical choices that drive their development and the decision-making processes of large and small cultural heritage repositories when picking an encoding/container combination for digitizing legacy video materials.

Field Exam Area:
Social Informatics
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Advisor:
Kathryn La Barre

Areas of Research:

My research interests are in human information behavior, specifically the seeking, acquisition, and sharing of knowledge. My focus will be to understand the information behaviors of herbalists within Uganda’s context and thereafter develop a knowledge fusion framework for lifelong learning and knowledge preservation. The research will be designed to focus on: how traditional herbalists seek, acquire, and share existing and new traditional medicine knowledge; understanding challenges and how choices are negotiated; and identifying strategies for documenting herbalists’ existing knowledge.

kanengoni
Advisor:
Kate Williams

Areas of Research:

I am interested in library and information services provision for the marginalized community in Africa, especially historically marginalized communities and those who have had to leave their homes due to environmentally, political, social or economic problems.  My focus will be on identifying existing library and information services to the marginalized communities, assess their impact on the ground and identify best practices. 

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Advisor:
Emily Knox

Areas of Research:

My primary research interests include political philosophy in LIS, readers and reading, and aesthetics. I am in the process of completing a dissertation in which I draw on reader-response criticism and feminist aesthetics to propose an alternative recommendation model for Readers' Advisory.

Field Exam Area:
Reading & Readers
Dissertation:

Reading for Democratic Citizenship: A New Model for Readers' Advisory

jooholee_0
Advisor:
Catherine Blake

Areas of Research:

My research focuses on biomedical scientific claims made in grant funded projects. Especially, I am interested in analyzing the effect of collaboration on evolving scientific claims in multiple projects, which are appeared in text such as grant abstracts and full-text articles. The textual analysis on scientific claims are conducted with various techniques in information retrieval, natural language processing, and text mining.

Field Exam Area:
Socio-technical Data Analytics
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Advisor:
Carol Tilley

Areas of Research:

My research interests include multicultural representation and social justice advocacy in library collections and services for youth (or lack thereof) and conflicts of race, ethnicity, and culture in youth literature. I am currently using a Critical Race Theory lens to explore cultural depths and identity representations in titles that include mixed-race Asian-American/Canadian ("hapa") characters.

Field Exam Area:
Youth Literature and Services
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Advisor:
Kathryn La Barre

Areas of Research:

Human-computer interaction; information retrieval; collaborative information retrieval; computer-supported cooperative work; online public access catalogs; evidence-informed policymaking; information literacy and instruction; user interface design.

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Advisor:
Carol Tilley

Areas of Research:

Critical theory in LIS education and information organizations. Information behavior of children. Youth services in public libraries with emphasis on diverse users. Children's literature. Research methods. Management of public libraries.

Field Exam Area:
Youth Services
Dissertation:

The information behavior of very young children and the support they need in a public library environment

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Advisor:
Jana Diesner, Vetle Torvik

Areas of Research:

I am doing research on topics related to network analysis and data mining. I am interested in creating new methods for finding interesting and useful networks from data available online.

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Areas of Research:

My research focus is on the social design of technical systems (mobile and web applications) for diverse user groups which embodies both interaction design as well as user experience. My research utilizes Design Thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) as a method to approach the complex problems encountered during the product development and user acquisition phase. My passion is connecting people with information and building models and systems that help connect people with information that fulfills their information seeking needs. Holistically my research aims to understand how user experience impacts the overall goals and missions of an organization.

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Advisor:
Les Gasser

Areas of Research:

My research interests focus on interactions and behaviors in online environments. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the leadership processes and practices in online spaces by exploring what environmental structures help or hinder the leadership process, the differences or similarities to online leadership practices as compared to real life practices, and general information behavior in groups.

Field Exam Area:
Organizational Informatics
Dissertation:

Collective Leadership and Information Behavior: A Case-Based Inquiry into Community Digital Literacy Initiatives

krr
Advisor:
Kathryn La Barre

Areas of Research:

My research primarily focuses on institutionalized bigotry in classification systems, especially with regards to queer and trans issues. I am also interested in where intersectional approaches are, and are not, found in library work.

Field Exam Area:
Information Organization and Access
noah_0
Advisor:
Kate Williams

Areas of Research:

My research interests lie in the intersection between people and technology; I am interested in how people innovate with technology in a community setting and most importantly the potential for entrepreneurial development in local maker labs and the lessons that can be learnt from such labs. Should we be excited about the maker culture as it is currently being promoted in the US and are there lessons and potential benefits for African countries that may want to adopt this initiative in promoting innovation among its teaming youths?

Field Exam Area:
Social Informatics
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Advisor:
Kathryn La Barre

Areas of Research:

My main research interest is understanding how information cultures are transformed by prolonged and severe information control and censorship practices. Memory institutions in communist Eastern European countries in the second half of the 20th century are the main focus of my current research. I am also interested in understanding how these information cultures are adapting and contributing to the global information ecology of our times.

Field Exam Area:
Information History
gsherman
Advisor:
Miles Efron

Areas of Research:

I am currently studying applications of entity linking to information retrieval. That is, how can we use information derived from mentions of people, places, things, and ideas in documents and queries to help us improve the performance of retrieval systems.

Field Exam Area:
Information Storage and Retrieval
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Advisor:
Kate McDowell

Areas of Research:

My areas of research include print culture for youth; teens, space, and technology; information history and culture; children's self-publishing; and the histories of libraries, reading, and text technologies.

Field Exam Area:
Youth Services
Strickland
Advisor:
Peter Darch

Areas of Research:

Drawing on perspectives and theories from sociotechnical system design and science and technology studies, I consider the information behaviors of people as they interact with socially constructed technologies. My research examines the intersection of humans and machines with a particular emphasis on privacy and security issues at the location of the (cyborg) body as a digitized information resource.

Field Exam Area:
Social Informatics
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Advisor:
Carole Palmer

Areas of Research:

I'm interested in information problems in science and workforce issues. My dissertation examines how organizations develop expertise and services for research data management.

Field Exam Area:
Use & Users of Information
Dissertation:

Data expertise and service development in data centers and academic libraries

deanzawilliams
Advisor:
Carol Tilley

Areas of Research:

My research interests include multicultural representation in youth literature; library services for teens (collections, programming, teen spaces, and evaluation of services offered); everyday life information-seeking behaviors of teens; public libraries as informal learning centers; and library leadership and management.

Field Exam Area:
Youth Services
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Advisor:
Miles Efron

Areas of Research:

My current focus is on the temporal aspects of relevance. This includes the exploration of what it means for a query to be temporally sensitive as well as techniques for incorporating temporal information from queries and document collections into general retrieval models.

Field Exam Area:
Information Storage and Retrieval
Dissertation:

Temporal language models for information retrieval (tentative)

wykle
Advisor:
Alistair Black

Areas of Research:

Popular reception of and access to scientific research; early modern transmission of information and development of scholarly networks; evolution of scholarly journal format and editorial peer review; materiality of scientific communication; application of socio-technical theories to history of publication in the sciences from early modern Europe to present day; preprint publication and the economics of scientific publication houses in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; STS perspectives in information science discipline and pedagogy.

Field Exam Area:
History