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Megan Threats

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/647-0826
Office: School of Information/105 S. State Street Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Interview Personal website Twitter News About Megan Threats


I study health information practices and multilevel determinants of health and information inequities impacting marginalized communities. I use an approach I call 'health justice informatics' to work with communities to collaboratively develop and implement informatics interventions and consumer health information and technologies to address the effects of intersecting, multilevel forms of discrimination, including, but not limited to racism and sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The goal of my research is to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes among marginalized communities by using my findings to inform information, public health, and health IT policies; and by translating my findings into the development of programs and practices within health and learning institutions. I am an affiliate with the U-M Ford School's Center for Racial Justice, NYU's Center for Critical Race + Digital Studies, and the Black Health Informatics Working Group at Brown University. I am the recipient of a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Early Career Research Development Grant.




Honors & Awards

IMLS Early Career Research Development Grant (2023-2026)
University of Michigan NCID Anti-Racism Research & Community Impact Fellow (2023-2024)
Nominee, Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information (2021)
Dissertation Horizon Award, UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School (2020)
P.E.O. Scholar Award, P.E.O. International (2019-2020)
Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award, Beta Phi Mu International Honors Society (2019-2020)
1st Place Student Poster Competition Award, SIG Health Informatics, ASIS&T (2019)
1st Place Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition, ALISE (2019)
Gates Millennium Scholarship, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2006-2019)
Chancellor's Doctoral Candidacy Award, UNC Chapel Hill (2018)
American Library Association Emerging Leader (2013)
Master's Prize of Excellence, Syracuse University School of Information Studies (2013)
Kaleidoscope Program Diversity Scholar, ARL (2011-2013)
McNair Scholar, Michigan State University (2009-2010)


Ph.D., Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., Library and Information Science, Syracuse University
B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, Michigan State University
B.A., Comparative Culture and Politics, Michigan State University

News about Megan Threats

Recent UMSI Awards and Honors.
UMSI awards & honors: October 2023

UMSI researchers are recognized nationally and internationally for their outstanding work. Read about their recent accomplishments.

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Community college students touring the U-M campus make the Michigan “M” by posing as different parts of the letter in front of the Huetwell Visitors Center.
Summer outreach programs inspire students to make and break the mold

We look back on a summer of fun with information — from molding thermoplastics to designing hygiene apps — as UMSI introduced local students to possibilities in the field.

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