Research Associate Professor
Director, Center for Digital Inclusion
PhD, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon
jongant [at] illinois.edu
Office HoursWednesdays 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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.
Other Professional AppointmentsVisiting Resident Fellow, Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Jon Gant is a national leader in broadband research and evaluation, specializing in analyzing the social and economic impact of broadband, telecommunication, and digital literacy investments. He has published groundbreaking research on Internet access and adoption across the U.S., including coauthoring the first report to examine broadband adoption among minority communities.
Gant serves as director and research associate professor at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under Gant's direction, CDI is helping to incubate new applications that will run on ultra-high speed broadband networks. CDI is also developing new models of digital inclusion for communities through the Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program, a partnership with University of Illinois Extension and C-U FabLab. Gant is the board chair and a former director of Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B), a $30-million dollar project dedicated to building one of the fastest broadband networks in the country. He also serves as vice chair of the Telecommunication Policy Research Conference Program Committee.
Gant is a specialist in e-government, geospatial information systems, strategic planning, and information systems, and teaches a variety of courses on these subjects. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Organization for Economic Coordination and Development, International Telecommunication Union, and National Science Foundation are among funders of Gant’s research. He received his MS and PhD degrees from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied public policy and information management.
Teaching this Semester
The Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program will increase opportunities for entrepreneurship, economic development, and innovation through the expansion of digital manufacturing, digital media production, and data analytics. Supported by the University of Illinois Extension, the project will engage Illinoisans with mobile digital design and innovation labs, or “DigiTech Hubs,” which will serve as high-tech inventor workshops...
Completed Research Projects
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