Jana Diesner

Associate Professor and PhD Program Director

PhD, Computation, Organizations, and Society, Carnegie Mellon

Other professional appointments

Faculty Affiliate, Department of Computer Science
Faculty Affiliate, Information Trust Institute (ITI)
Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics Institute (I3)

Research focus

Human-centered data science, computational social science, network science, natural language processing, machine learning, data regulations.

Honors and Awards

  • R.C. Evans Data Analytics Fellow, University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, 2018
  • CIO Scholar for Information Research & Technology, 2018
  • Linowes Fellowship, Cline Center for Advanced Social Research, Illinois, 2018
  • Dori J. Maynard Senior Fellow, The Center for Investigative Reporting and The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, 2016
  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), 2015
  • Siebel Scholarship, awarded annually for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership to 80 top students from the world’s leading graduate schools ($35,000), 2011


Jana Diesner is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences/ the iSchool at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research in Social Computing, Human-Centered Data Science and Responsible Computing combines the benefits of large-scale data analytics with the consideration of social contexts and ethical concerns.

In her work, Diesner combines methods from network science, natural language processing and machine learning with theories from the social sciences, humanities and linguistics to advance knowledge and discovery about interaction-based and information-based systems. She holds courtesy appointments at the Department of Computer Science, the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3), the Information Trust Institute (ITI), and the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at UIUC. She also serves as the Director of the iSchool's PhD program. Diesner has a PhD from the Computation, Organizations and Society (COS) program at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science.

Recognition for her research expertise includes appointments as the CIO Scholar for Information Research and Technology at Illinois (2018) and the Natural Language Processing Expert in Residence for the Champaign Research Park (2018), a Linowes Fellowship from the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research (2018), a Faculty Fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois (2015), and a fellow in the Dori J. Maynard Senior Research Fellows program (2016).

Courses currently teaching

Office hours

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and by appointment

Publications & Papers

Kim, J., & Diesner, J. (2017). Over-time measurement of triadic closure in coauthorship networks. Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM), 7(9). doi:10.1007/s13278-017-0428-3

Kim, J., & Diesner, J. (2015). The effect of data pre-processing on understanding the evolution of collaboration networks. Journal of Informetrics, 9(1), 226-236. doi: 10.1016/j.joi.2015.01.002 (IF 2.920)

Kim, J., & Diesner, J. (2015). Coauthorship networks: A directed network approach considering the order and number of coauthors. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T), 66(12), 2685-2696. doi: 10.1002/asi.23361 (IF 2.322)

Kim, J., & Diesner, J. (2014). A network-based approach to coauthorship credit allocation. Scientometrics, 101(1), 587-602. doi: 10.1007/s11192-014-1253-3 (IF 2.147)

Diesner, J., Frantz, T., & Carley, K.M. (2005). Communication networks from the Enron email corpus “It's always about the people Enron is no different”. Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 11(3), 201-228. doi: 10.1007/s10588-005-5377-0 (IF 0.769)

Diesner, J. (2015) Small decisions with big impact on data analytics. Big Data & Society, special issue on Assumptions of Sociality, 2(2). doi:  10.1177/2053951715617185

Rezapour, R., & Diesner, J. (2017). Classification and detection of micro-level impact of issue-focused films based on reviews. Proceedings of 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), (pp. 1419-1431), Portland, OR. doi: 10.1145/2998181.2998201

Diesner, J., & Evans, C. (2015). Little bad concerns: Using sentiment analysis to assess structural balance in communication networks. Proceedings of IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM). Paris, France. doi: 10.1145/2808797.2809403 (Acceptance Rate = 13%)

Diesner, J., & Chin, C. (2016). Gratis, libre, or something else? Regulations and misassumptions related to working with publicly available text data. ETHI-CA² Workshop (ETHics in Corpus Collection, Annotation & Application), 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Portoroz, Slovenia.

Diesner, J. (2015). Words and networks: How reliable are network data constructed from text data? In Bertino E, Matai SA (Eds.), Roles, trust, and reputation in social media knowledge markets (pp. 81-89). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05467-4_5


Keynote talk: COINs (Collaborative Innovation Networks) Conference, Rome, Italy: Words and Networks: Using Natural Language Processing to Enhance Graphs and Test Network Theories (2016)

Keynote talk: GOR (General Online Research) Conference, Dresden, Germany: Rich and Reliable Signals: Making Responsible Choices for Working with Social Interaction Data (2016)

Keynote talk: NetGlow Conference, Saint-Petersburg, Russia: Socio-semantic network (2014)

Keynote talk: Ditact Conference – women’s IT studies, University Salzburg, Austria: Computational Thinking in the playroom, classroom, boardroom (2014)

Keynote talk: DISC (Daegu International Social Network Conference), Daegu, South Korea: Words and Networks (2013)

Keynote talk: Future of Historical Network Research Conference, Hamburg, Germany: Of micro-scopes and telescopes in the digital humanities and computational social sciences (2013)

Invited talk: European Forum Alpbach, Austria: Computational Problem Solving: Transformative Progress and Key Issues ?with Human Centered Data Science (2016)

Invited talk: IT Defense Conference, Frankfurt, Germany: Network Analysis and Text Mining for Detecting and Examining the Structure, Functioning and Evolution of Covert Networks (2011)

Invited talk: Sundance Institute, Creative Producing Summit: Impact Assessment of Social Justice Documentaries (2013)

Invited talk: Open Science Conference, Berlin, Germany: Innovating compliantly and transparently - road blocks, myths and solutions (2017)