Core Faculty

Our exceptional faculty includes nationally recognized, award-winning, innovative teachers and researchers, who combine strong teaching skills with specialty expertise. They are regularly included on the university's lists of "teachers rated excellent by their students," and are active researchers: each of our full-time faculty members has served as principal investigator for at least one grant-funded project in the last two years. GSLIS students have the opportunity to learn not only from our tenure-system faculty (listed below), but also from other expert practitioners, including a strong team of adjunct faculty, affiliated faculty, emeritus faculty members, and PhD student teaching assistants.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Psychology, Purdue University
Areas of Research

As the amount of digital information around us continues to increase by leaps and bounds, and our lives increasingly depend on technology, issues of trust, privacy, and security in this digital ecosystem are also becoming increasingly important. My research interests lie at the interface of IT, Psychology, and Society, especially how privacy, security, and trust intersect from a psychological point of view with information technology.

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Professor

PhD, The Public Library as an Agency for Social Stability, 1850-1919, London Metropolitan University
Areas of Research

History of librarianship and information management, specifically in recent years; history of corporate magazines, corporate libraries and information bureaux, and library design.

Blake

Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship

PhD, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Areas of Research

Text mining, information synthesis, collaborative information behaviors, recognizing textual entailment, summarization, evidence-based discovery, meta-analysis, socio-technical systems.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers
Areas of Research

Human information behavior, particularly in an online context; diversity and social justice in librarianship; LIS education and pedagogy, particularly in the online environment; information literacy and instruction.

Davis

Professor

PhD, Folklore and Folklife, Pennsylvania
Areas of Research

The role and significance of vernacular culture; ethnography of commercial culture; the politics of culture and cultural research.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon
Areas of Research

Social computing; computational social science; natural language processing; network analysis; machine learning; covert networks; covert information; socio-technical systems.

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Professor and Associate Dean for Research

PhD, Library and Information Science, Western Ontario
Areas of Research

Design and evaluation of IR systems, including multimedia music information retrieval; the political economy of internetworked communication systems; database design; Web-based technologies.

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Research Associate Professor

PhD, Information Science, Pittsburgh
Areas of Research

The foundations of information representation and description; issues of expression and encoding in documents and digital information resources.

Efron

Associate Professor

PhD, Information and Library Science, North Carolina
Areas of Research

Information retrieval in emerging domains such as social media and large collections of digitized books; temporal (diachronic) issues in information retrieval; human interactions with information search and retrieval systems.

Gant

Research Associate Professor
Director, Center for Digital Inclusion

PhD, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon
Areas of Research

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.

Gasser

Professor

PhD, Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Areas of Research

Evolution and dynamics of information and networks; social analysis of information/communication technologies (ICTs); information in biological systems.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, English, Illinois
Areas of Research

Nineteenth-century British literature, the British novel, history of pedagogy and education, children’s literature and childhood studies, working-class radical press, philosophy of mind, new materialism, material culture and “things” in literature (thing theory), science and literature, automata, industrialization and industrial novels, fantasy and science fiction.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Library and Information Studies, Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Research

History of children's literature; history of youth services librarianship as women's history; historical and contemporary censorship and intellectual freedom; young adult literature; representations of minority-status groups in children's and young adult literature; reading engagement; reader-response research; reader-text interaction.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Sociology, UC-Davis
Areas of Research

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

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers
Areas of Research

Intellectual freedom and censorship, print culture and reading practices, and information ethics and policy.

LaBarre

Associate Professor

PhD, Information Science, Indiana
Areas of Research

Knowledge organization and access systems (historical and contemporary); task analysis; facet analysis and faceted classification; classification and concept theory with a special focus on the interactions between theoretical and practical approaches to information discovery and access.

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Professor

PhD, computer science, University of Freiburg
Areas of Research

Data and knowledge management, specifically the modeling, design, and optimization of scientific workflows, provenance, data integration, and knowledge representation; scientific workflow systems; data curation.

Mak

Associate Professor

PhD, Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame
Areas of Research

The interpenetration of manuscript, print, and digital cultures; the cultural production and circulation of knowledge; palaeography and diplomatics; manuscript studies; book history; medieval and early modern collecting; history of archives and libraries.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Library and Information Studies, Berkeley
Areas of Research

Digital libraries; digital preservation and curation; digital humanities; metadata design; human-computer interaction and user interface design; socio-technical and participatory design approaches to information systems development.

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Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

PhD, Library and Information Science, Illinois
Areas of Research

Youth services librarianship; children's print culture history; public libraries as cultural spaces; apps and iPads for kids; storytelling in higher education, advancement, business, and public service.

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Professor and Dean

PhD, Philosophy, Brown
Areas of Research

Ontologies for data curation and scientific publishing; logic-based analysis of scientific discourse; XML semantics; production and delivery workflows for scientific publishing; identity and change problems in digital object management.

Smith-ColorFixed

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs

PhD, Information Transfer, Syracuse
Areas of Research

Education for library and information science, with particular attention to online pedagogy; history of information science; impact of new technologies on reference and information services.

VCS

Associate Professor

PhD, Statistics, Stanford; Master of Legal Studies, Stanford Law School
Areas of Research

Enabling reproducibility in computational science, including the study of adequacy and robustness in replicated results, designing and implementing validation systems, developing standards of openness for data and code sharing, and resolving legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Information Science, Indiana
Areas of Research

History of youth services librarianship, children's print culture, information inquiry and instruction in school libraries, information seeking and use, and media literacy.

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Engineering Science, Louisiana State
Areas of Research

Mathematical optimization; computational statistics; text and data mining; literature-based discovery; bioinformatics.

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Professor

PhD, Computing, Lancaster (UK)
Areas of Research

Computer-supported cooperative work; collaborative technologies in digital libraries and museums; user interface design and evaluation; open-source usability; information visualization; ubiquitous learning, social learning of technology, rapid prototyping and evaluation.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Library Science, Illinois
Areas of Research

International librarianship; library and information science education; collection development; management and assessment of library services; government information resources; economics of information; intellectual freedom issues; public librarianship.

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Associate Professor

PhD, Information, Michigan
Areas of Research

Community informatics, in particular the relationship between social networks, social capital, and the use of information and communications technology in low-income communities; public libraries as public computing places.