Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason

Jeffery MacKie-Mason

 Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason is dean of the School of Information, Arthur W. Burks Collegiate Professor of Information and Computer Science at U-M, and a professor in the School of Information, the School of Public Policy, and the Department of Economics. He is well known for his pioneering research on the economics of the Internet, including his projects on spam reduction, peer-to-peer resource sharing, and incentives to increase information security. He has taught courses on incentive-centered design for information systems, the economics of information, information policy, human choice and learning, and antitrust.

MacKie-Mason earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Dartmouth College, his master’s degree in public policy from U-M, and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 1990-91 and a University Partnership Fellow with IBM in 1998-2001. MacKie-Mason was the founding director of the Program for Research on the Information Economy at U-M. He also founded and is the past director of the Socio-Technical Infrastructure for Electronic Transactions doctoral fellowship program.


Thomas Finholt
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Tom Finholt

Thomas Finholt is a professor at the School of Information and the senior associate dean for academic affairs. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of UMSI's academic and faculty program initiatives.

Finholt's research focuses on the design, deployment, and use of cyberinfrastructure in science and engineering. His recent work has focused on the development of NEESgrid, the collaboratory component of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. In addition, Finholt is the co-founder of the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work and the Center for Information Technology Integration. He was also a co-developer of the world's first operational collaboratory, the Upper Atmospheric Research Collaboratory, which was a finalist in the science category for the 1998 Smithsonian/Computerworld awards. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in social and decision science at Carnegie Mellon University. 


Elizabeth Yakel
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Elizabeth Yakel is a professor at the School of Information and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she teaches in the Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information specializations.

Her research interests include use and users of archival materials and the development of standardized metrics to enhance repository processes and as a result the user experience. A current research project is “Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse” ( where she is studying data reuse and digital preservation of research data in three academic communities: quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the goal of this research is to identify the significant properties that support both preservation of the bits as well as the preservation of meaning over time.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an AMLS and PhD from the  University of Michigan.


Judy Lawson
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs 

Judy Lawson

Judy Lawson oversees all operational aspects of the school for students and curriculum. Previous to this appointment, she was the director of the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at UMSI.

She began her career at the University of Michigan Career Center, where she served as assistant director of internship services and senior assistant director of recruitment services. She is the 2008 recipient of the university's Outstanding Leadership Award. She is co-author of The New Information Professional: You Guide to Careers in the Digital Age, published by Neal-Schuman. She holds an MA in higher education and student affairs and a BA in psychology from The Ohio State University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program of higher education at the University of Michigan.