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University of Michigan School of Information

James Hilton

James Hilton

Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/764-7692
Office: Office of the Provost./Ruthven 4331 Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes


James Hilton is the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Michigan.  He is also the Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives, responsible for developing strategies and policies around educational technology and other cross-campus digital education initiatives. 

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Hilton served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia from 2006 until 2013.  From 2001 to 2006 he was the Associate Provost for Academic Information and Instructional Technology Affairs at the University of Michigan, and served as the Interim University Librarian for one year in 2005.  He was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan in the Psychology Department where he served as the Chair of Undergraduate Studies between 1991 and 2000.  He is a three-time recipient of the LS&A Excellence in Education award, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and recipient of the Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award.  He has published extensively in the areas of information technology policy, person perception, stereotypes, and the psychology of suspicion.

Dr. Hilton received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Princeton University in 1985.

Areas of interest

Information technology policy, person perception, stereotypes, and the psychology of suspicion


PhD, Princeton University

BA, University of Texas at Austin