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University of Michigan School of Information

Cliff Lampe

Cliff Lampe

Professor of Information, School of Information Email: Phone: 517/515-2494
Office: School of Information/4417 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


Cliff is a professor in the School of Information. Previously, he spent six years as an assistant professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. He researches the social and technical structures of large scale technology mediated communication, working with sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, Slashdot and Everything2. He has also been involved in the creation of multiple social media and online community projects, usually designed to enable collective action. One of Cliff's core values is combining top quality research with community engagement.

Areas of interest

Social media, online communities, computer-mediated communication, socio-technical systems, social computing, community informatics, technology mediated social participation


BA, Kalamazoo College

PhD, University of Michigan


Headshot of Cliff Lampe. “Quoted by USA Today. Professor Cliff Lampe. After mass shootings, fake social media accounts can spread misinformation.” UMSI logo.
Lampe: After mass shootings, fake social media accounts can spread misinformation

UMSI professor Cliff Lampe tells USA Today and the Detroit Free Press that fake social media accounts are common on the internet. But after tragic crimes, these "sock puppet" accounts can spread misinformation, hampering investigations. 

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Lampe: Social media can have positive effects

Michigan native Daniel Kastner is launching a new social media app that he says is designed to be healthier than existing social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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