Doctoral Students

The iSchool is home to a diverse body of students who pursue research in a variety of fields. Meet some of our current doctoral students below.

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Anita Say Chan
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My research interests include science and technology studies in Latin America, accessibility and technology issues for marginalized communities, debates in open access, the rise of information countercultures, and the history of document reproduction technologies.
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Jana Diesner
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Creating tools for the social good and quantifying impact using social computing methodologies.
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Jessie Chin
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My research interest focuses on health informatics, particularly health misinformation, precision medicine, and digital mental health.
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Nigel Bosch, Jana Diesner
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My research interests concern algorithmic justice and bias in artificial intelligence. I am particularly interested in the way our epistemological and statistical assumptions shape how we measure fairness, and thus the information to which we have access, affecting both our technical and non-technical approaches to AI justice.
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My research interests include computing for social good, data ethics & social justice, uncovering algorithmic bias, using community-based research practices, and reducing the digital divide for historically marginalized populations in Brazil and the U.S.
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Martin Wolske
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I'm interested in information history, socio-technical design, and the origins and consequences of information systems. My research explores information systems and practices from a sociological perspective; the social, economic, and political context of their design, implementation, and governance; and the impact of historical and contemporary systems on human welfare and social justice.
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Yun Huang
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I am interested in designing and examining computing systems for social good, specifically in supporting informal learning under different contexts.
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Yun Huang
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My main interest is on human-computer interaction (HCI) and social computing: observing how people use (or suffer from) technologies or social media and designing tools that could hopefully help them overcome the difficulties in using technologies. I would also like to apply my knowledge on HCI to public transportation and tourism domains, disciplines that I interested in the most, by helping people make their travel or transit plans, enjoy their trips more, and organize their travel memories.
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Bertram Ludäscher
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My research interests are on topics related to interoperability issues with Knowledge Organisation Systems, especially in the areas of taxonomy alignment. I’m currently working with Professor Bertram Ludäscher on projects where we tried to use RCC-5, logic-based approach to reconcile taxonomies. I’m also interested in ontology mapping, matching problems, and other Semantic Web related topics.
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Michael Twidale
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My current research interest lies in the usability and prototyping of Voice Interfaces. I am particularly interested in the user's mental model while interacting with these interfaces.
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Jana Diesner
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My research interests lie at the intersection of computational social science, network theories and applications, and organizational communication. More specifically, my aim is to examine how research methods such as network analysis and social simulation models can be used to advance our understanding of various social and organizational systems. My current projects place network science at the core to understand and explain a number of social/organizational phenomena ranging from egocentric networks to interagency emergency response networks.
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Jodi Schneider
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I study how science is argued in this big data and social media era. I also explore the role of data-driven approach and knowledge graphs in accelerating scientific discoveries.
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Jerome McDonough
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My research focuses on issues at the nexus of information and race and interrogates how these issues impact Black people and communities. My dissertation project examines the information behavior of Black people within the context of cultural heritage institutions.
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Emily Knox
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I am focused primarily on intellectual freedom in carceral facilities, examining barriers to information access, and exploring patterns of censorship practices in prisons.
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Bertram Ludäscher
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My research interests are in scientific data management; computational reproducibility; data curation; workflows and provenance; information organization, representation and access.
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Vetle Torvik
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My current academic interests include data mining, text mining, machine learning, and data visualization, specifically on how DM and TM can help analyze; sociotechnical data such as medical data, publication data, or geographical data, etc.; how to apply different ML algorithms to different projects and invent new ones; and how to better visualize and storytell the data.
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Catherine Blake
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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.
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Carol Tilley
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My research interests focus on information literacy and readership, information behavior, fan participation and practices, and cultural studies. My current project applies qualitative research methods to explore contemporary celebrity fans’ information behaviors on social media, including their behavioral patterns, motivations, rationales, interactions, social influence, and fans’ own understandings and critical awareness of different information and fandom. I am also interested in comics and cultural studies, especially in the evaluation of cultural elements reflected in comics and comic-related quantitative data analysis and representation.
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Jana Diesner
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My research interests include data mining and social computing, specifically in extracting information and features from text and behavioral data through NLP and network science, and using them to analyze and predict social phenomena through statistical and machine learning models.
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Lori Kendall
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My research interests are in personal archives/archiving, community archives, and memory studies. I use qualitative methods to explore people’s ideas and experiences centered around personal archiving and how information professionals can better understand and support such everyday information behavior.
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Jerome McDonough
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My research focuses on the digital preservation of cultural artifacts and community development in the context of cultural preservation.
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J. Stephen Downie
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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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Bertram Ludäscher
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My research interests include natural language processing, text mining, machine learning and their applications in various domains. I am motivated in building smarter automatic 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.
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Vetle Torvik
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My research interests are on topics related to knowledge diffusion, citation context, and scholarly communication. In particular, my research combines data mining, text mining, and machine learning techniques with citation analysis. I have used citation links and citation contexts for understanding how patents were used in scientific publications. Currently, I am working on extracting citation motives and functions through citation contexts.
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J. Stephen Downie
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My research interests are digital libraries, digital humanities, and cultural analytics. My research applies digital tools and computational methods to study various large-scale textual datasets (books, book reviews), particularly datasets curated by digital libraries. I also work on library and information sciences education with qualitative methods.
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Emily Knox
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My research focus is the embodied information survival behavior of people with diabetes, especially as that behavior relates to the insulin crisis and insulin rationing. I discuss my own experiences of insulin rationing and engaging in healthcare advocacy to discuss the information mechanisms––communicative, reflexive, political, etc.––by which diabetics engage in constant survival.
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Vetle Torvik
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My research interest lies in Data Mining, Text Mining, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing, especially on how machine learning can help us to analyze unstructured text data and sociotechnical data like social media, geographical, and scientific publication data.
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Peter Darch
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My research interest lies in scientific data curation. Currently, I focus on how researchers make their data accessible and reusable for others. I am also interested in how researchers conduct research projects in data-intensive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary sciences.
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Jerome McDonough
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My research interests are in preservation of intangible cultural heritage, specifically the seeking, acquisition, and sharing of indigenous knowledge. I am particularly interested to know how varied indigenous groups acquire and transmit existing and new knowledge; understanding challenges and how choices are negotiated; as well as identifying strategies for facilitating ongoing indigenous practices and preserving existing knowledge for future generations.
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Clara Chu
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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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Yang Wang
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I work in HCI and User Experience Research domain in social computing systems research, focusing on privacy policies and usable privacy and security. I am particularly interested in exploring user-centered privacy research ideas to resolve socio-technical challenges at the intersection of privacy, policy, and HCI.
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Yang Wang
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I focus on digital (labor) platforms and marketplaces, rating and reputation systems, and algorithmic management and transparency.
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Dong Wang
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Social sensing, computer vision, and crowd-AI.
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Michael Twidale
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My research focuses on the intersection of digital innovation and economic development. I want to lend solution-based expertise to initiatives concerning workforce & tech-talent development, new venture creation, and urban planning.
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Melissa Ocepek
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My research focuses on information behavior and space and place. Mainly, I am interested in looking at people who engage in making for fun, such as knitting, papercraft, and woodwork. In my current project, I apply qualitative research methods to examine the creating process of arts and crafts hobbyists, including how they configure their environments to work on making projects. I am also interested in exploring how library programming can support creative practice in everyday life.
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Bertram Ludäscher
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My research interests focus on data cleaning and data provenance. The goal is to use the provenance model to fix the reproducibility, reusability, and transparency issues across research areas, such as data cleaning, natural language processing, data curation.
Advisors
Ted Underwood, Halil Kilicoglu
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I am interested in the blurry lines between fiction and information—and how we can use quantitative digital humanities methods like text analysis to better understand traditional media and social media content at scale. I am also interested in then leveraging text-based technology to promote more positive online social interactions. I am particularly interested in how text mining research and human-centered design considerations can benefit queer youth and disabled communities.
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Carol Tilley
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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.
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Jana Diesner
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My research interest is understanding linguistic characteristics and network structure of people who have different political ideologies and find conflicting scientific information.
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Jana Diesner
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I study computational linguistics and social computing from a user-centered, humanistic perspective, working at the intersections of fields like cultural analytics, human-computer interaction, and data-driven policy design.
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Carol Tilley
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My research focuses on youth services and school librarianship, LIS curricula and pedagogy, and the significance of race, racism, and whiteness.
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Bonnie Mak
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My research interests live within the spaces of art, design and archives, and involve the exploration of how their intersections can increase and enhance public access to knowledge.
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Jodi Schneider, Vetle Torvik
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My research interests lie in the intersection of scholarly communication, scientometrics and other related areas. My interests keep evolving.
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Dong Wang
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My research interest lies in social sensing, machine learning, natural language processing, and network science. I am particularly interested in social media based data mining and analysis, such as multimodal misinformation detection on social media and multimodal information retrieval.
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Ted Underwood
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Investigating humanistic problems using a variety of computational methods, including text mining, machine learning, and social network analysis. Interested in applying such methods to subjects ranging from Chinese history to English poetry.
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Jodi Schneider
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I am interested in the generation and quality assessment of data for natural language processing tasks as well as considerations of the differences in textual data among different domains, especially regarding the degree of structure or objectivity in a domain.
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Nigel Bosch
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Algorithmic fairness with how it pertains to artificial intelligence and machine learning. In particular the real world impacts of unfair technology systems in education and the greater world.
Advisor
Elizabeth Hoiem
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My project examines aesthetic/political strategies that occur visually and textually in Chicana-created picturebooks. My project considers how these strategies contribute to library services for children and families.
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Jessie Chin
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My research interests reside at the intersection of cognitive psychology and technology, specifically, AI and information networks, AI-assisted cognition, and the ethics of persuasive technologies. Currently, I am investigating detection of misinformation and mitigation strategies.
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Jingrui He
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My current research interests include machine learning and data mining. My ultimate goal is to design effective, efficient and explainable machine learning framework to leverage the human knowledge to decompose and explain concepts to train machine learning models.
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Catherine Blake
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Biomedical informatics, natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence.
Advisors
Jodi Schneider, Karen Wickett
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My research interests are on topics related to data management, data sharing, data curation and data reuse.
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Clara Chu
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My current research explores the intersections of social justice, public library service models, and perceptions of information service professionals. I am also interested in research centered around digital literacy and youth, and diversity issues in libraries.
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Jingrui He
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I am interested in the design of fairness-aware machine learning algorithms and their applications in real-world tasks.
Advisors
Emily Knox, Rachel M. Magee
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My current interests are in the banning of books in schools and in mapping trends in controversial young adult texts. I also aim to explore the ways in which film adaptations of novels might influence their removal from classrooms.
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Yun Huang
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I design and evaluate intelligent social systems. For example, AI agents are created to communicate with, collaborate with, and augment people, and to make people’s life and work better and more enjoyable. I am interested in advancing conversational AI agents to improve interpersonal communication, moderate social interactions and mitigate biases and risks.
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Yang Wang
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My research interests are in human-computer interaction, machine learning and security. I combine qualitative and quantitative methods to tackle arising security and privacy risks in machine learning and the Web. I am also interested in social media research, aiming to create a safe, pleasant, and beneficial online space.