Lori Kendall

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Associate Professor

PhD, Sociology, UC-Davis

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loriken [at] illinois.edu

Office Hours

By appointment
Curriculum Vitae   

Research Focus

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


Lori Kendall joined the iSchool faculty in 2005. She is an expert in personal archiving, online community and identity, social aspects of computing, research methodology, and gender and technology. Kendall was named the 2010-2011 Centennial Scholar in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of library and information science.

Kendall earned master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology at the University of California, Davis and an undergraduate degree in social science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has held leadership roles in professional organizations including the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association and the Association of Internet Researchers.


Information Ethics (IS590ET)
Qualitative Methods Research (IS590QM)

Research Projects

Preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage

The past decade has seen tremendous progress in the field of preservation, particularly with respect to preservation of digital materials. To date, however, there has been only minimal research activity within North America on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage—such as language, cuisine, performing arts, and traditional craftsmanship—and its relationship to the preservation of material expressions of culture.

Related Topics

Archives and Preservation, Community Informatics, Cultural Informatics and Heritage, Diversity and Social Justice, Social Informatics, Social Media, research methods, gender, nerds, participatory culture, computer-mediated communication, blogs, online communities-master