University of Illinois

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.

Faculty
Masooda Bashir

Assistant Professor

PhD, Psychology, Purdue

Areas of Research:

The interface of IT, psychology, and society, especially how privacy, trust, and cognitive factors intersect from a psychological point of view with information technology.

Faculty
Alistair Black

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.

Faculty
Catherine 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.

Faculty
Nicole A. Cooke

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.

Faculty
Susan G. 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.

Faculty
Jana Diesner

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.

Faculty
J. Stephen Downie

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.

Faculty
David Dubin

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.

Faculty
Miles 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 (diachonic) issues in information retrieval; human interactions with information search and retrieval systems.

Faculty
Jon 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.

Faculty
Les 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.

Faculty
Elizabeth Hoiem

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.

Faculty
Christine Jenkins

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.

Faculty
Lori Kendall

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.

Faculty
Emily Knox

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.

Faculty
Kathryn La Barre

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.

Faculty
Bertram Ludäscher

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.

Faculty
Bonnie 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.

Faculty
Jerome McDonough

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.

Faculty
Kate McDowell

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.

Faculty
Allen Renear

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.

Faculty
Linda C. Smith

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.

Faculty
Victoria Stodden

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.

Faculty
Carol Tilley

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.

Faculty
Vetle Torvik

Assistant Professor

PhD, Engineering Science, Louisiana State

Areas of Research:

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

Faculty
Michael Twidale

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.

Faculty
Terry L. Weech

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.

Faculty
Kate Williams

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.


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