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University of Michigan School of Information


PhD in Information students

UMSI doctoral students begin working on research, both learning the methods and beginning their work on actual projects, from the first day they arrive. We believe our doctoral students are colleagues from the start. Our program is selective, so those students who join us are those we believe have the potential to do meaningful, in-depth scholarly study the moment they begin the program.

Our students conduct impressive research and enjoy high-profile opportunities for presentation and publication. These Faces of UMSI profiles will give you an introduction to your future colleagues and allow you to learn more about their accomplishments, research and philosophies. Read about their areas of interest and educational histories, what brought them to U-M (or what kept them here), their most valuable experiences and opportunities, and what they appreciate most about working at the forefront of the information field every day. 

Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn about some of our PhD alumni. (Profiles are not routinely updated post-publication.)

Tyler Musgrave stands on the U-M campus with an academic building and a yellow tree behind them.

Tyler Musgrave is studying identity and safety in social media, including the online harassment of Black women and femmes. They use restorative justice as both theory and method.

A photo of Jiaxin Pei standing in the courtyard outside of North Quad.

Jiaxin Pei is building a more equitable world by putting people at the heart of technology.

Ben Zhang is studying "infrastructural migration" at the intersection of identity, mobility, infrastructure, labor and the online platforms woven into people’s lives. 

Carl C. Haynes is using information to improve students' learning.

Allison Tyler wants to make it easier for researchers to access information repositories, revolutionizing the way researchers reuse data.

Chanda Phelan is working to close socioeconomic gaps by studying how technological advancement is linked to career success. 

Danaja Maldeniya is scouring Twitter for sentiments from survivors of natural disasters.

Edward L. Platt is studying how Wikipedians collaborate and improve articles.

Harmanpreet Kaur wants to make human-AI teams more effective.

Jeremy York is interested in how people ⁠make decisions about what to collect and preserve and how that informs our self- and worldview.

Jiaqi Ma is using machine learning models for unstructured data, specifically graphs and text data.

Lindsay Blackwell is looking at how parents and families use social media and what makes online communities supportive or abusive. 

Linfeng Li wants to understand how individuals make decisions under the influence of the fundamental elements of modern society. 

Mohamed Abbadi is researching prejudice against Muslim and Middle Eastern people in domestic and international settings, looking for ways to reduce its incidence. 

Shriti Raj is devising ways to improve the design of informatics tools to help people manage chronic health conditions.  

Zhewei Song conducts research in behavioral economics, a "young discipline" whose insights into information, psychology and sociology captured his interest as an undergraduate.


Adam Kriesberg

Allan Martell

Allen Flynn

Andrea Barbarin

Brad Iott

Carol Moser 

Cheng Li

Chiao-Yin "Joey" Hsiao

Chuan-Che Jeff Huang

Chun-Yuen Teng

Cindy Lin

Daphne Chang

Devan Donaldson

Dharma Akmon

Elizabeth Kaziunas

Elizabeth Whittaker

Fangzhou "Ark" Zhang

Gaurav Paruthi

Hariharan Subramonyam

Heeryung Choi

Jean Hardy

Jasmine Jones

Karina Kervin

Kathleen Fear

Megh Marathe

Melissa Chalmers

Morgan Daniels

Pablo Quinones

Padma Chirumamilla

Pei-Yao Hung

Penny Trieu

Priyank Chandra

Rasha Alahmad

Rebecca Frank

Rohail Syed

Samuel Carton

Sangseok You

Shiqing "Licia" He

Shiyan Yan

SungJin Nam

Tamy Guberek

Tao Dong

Tawfiq Ammari

Teng Ye

Trond Jacobsen

Tsuyoshi Kano

Tzu-Yu (Danny) Wu

Wei Ai

Wenjing (Carrie) Xu

Xuan Zhao

Yan Chen

Yingzhi Liang

Youyang Hou

Yu-Jen Lin