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Michaelanne Thomas

Michaelanne Thomas

Assistant Professor/Post Doc/Presidential Fellow and Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: mmtd@umich.edu Phone: 734/764-5876
Office: School of Information/105 S. State Street Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website CV

Biography

My work draws on the fields of Anthropology, CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work), and ICTD (Information Communication Technologies & Development) to study how people collaboratively design, access, and participate with internet technologies in constrained contexts.

Drawing on my training as a sociocultural anthropologist, my work focuses on under-represented groups to investigate (1) internet access in resource-constrained regions; (2) the design of citizen-led information systems; and (3) social media use for social change. Currently, I am investigating the ways people collaboratively innovate and make do amidst constraint and ongoing crises and the sociotechnical systems that emerge in these contexts.

In addition to the above, I’m also broadly interested in sociotechnical infrastructures, feminist theories, and science and technology studies (STS).

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Areas of interest

HCI, CSCW, Social Computing, ICTD, STS, ethnographic methods

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology - PhD in Human-Centered Computing
Georgia State University - MA in Cultural Anthropology

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UMSI welcomes 10 new faculty and 30 lecturers for the 2022-23 school year.

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