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Kristin Fontichiaro sitting cross-legged in colorful cubes at a library, wearing a green sweater and smiling.

From opera stage manager to superstar librarian: 4 questions with UMSI clinical professor Kristin Fontichiaro

02/19/2024

Fontichiaro shares her love of opera, her path to the field of information and how school and public libraries are changing in the midst of a growing parental rights movement in America. 

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Jeff Sheng stands in the north quad courtyard

Jeff Sheng talks about his love of photography, social movements and finding the “freedom to explore” different subjects

11/13/2023

Fusing his love of art, technology and a deep passion for learning, Jeff Sheng’s research explores the impact of the internet in underground social movements.

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Nicole Ellison in front of a tree on a hiking trail, wearing a blue and pink dress and smiling.

Nicole Ellison on social media, self-perception and her love of Ann Arbor

11/02/2023

Ellison’s research focuses on the impact of social media and technology on human perception, behavior and community.

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Megan Threats

Faculty Q&A: Megan Threats on communities and health justice

07/12/2023

Threats’ research focuses on empowering minoritized communities and helping them better access healthcare services.

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Michaelanne posing in graffiti alley in Ann Arbor, wearing jeans and a black shirt.

Michaelanne Thomas on social justice, online communities and what it means to cultivate a ‘sense of wonder’

04/20/2023

“I'm interested in questions of power, social inequalities and structural violence, and the ways people from underrepresented groups work together to make up for infrastructure gaps."

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Jesse Johnson wears glasses, a cardigan and stands next to a bookshelf.

Jesse Johnston on the importance of preserving history and archiving music

04/10/2023

Jesse Johnston joined the University of Michigan School of Information in 2022 as a clinical assistant professor. We talk to Jesse about his career in music archiving, his love of teaching and his obsession with murder mysteries.

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Matthew Bui sitting on a couch wearing a blazer and smiling.

Matthew Bui on data justice, Yelp reviews and playing basketball with Adam Sandler

03/21/2023

Matthew Bui joined the University of Michigan School of Information in 2021 as a postdoc and then started in 2022 as an assistant professor. His research focuses on data justice and activism as well as race and technology.

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Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin wearing orange, smiling and standing with her arms crossed in front of a window.

Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin on media, community engagement and how we account for power

02/09/2023

Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin is a President's Postdoctoral Fellow and incoming assistant professor at UMSI.

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