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University of Michigan School of Information

Michaelanne Thomas

Michaelanne Thomas

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/764-5876
Office: School of Information/105 S. State Street Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Interview Personal website CV News About Michaelanne Thomas


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).



Areas of interest

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


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

News about Michaelanne Thomas

Assistant professor Michaelanne Thomas smiles as she poses next to a pink dollhouse-sized fairy door she installed on the wall of her home.
Michaelanne Thomas loves the small things in life

Thomas, assistant professor of information in the School of Information, has a lifelong obsession with tiny things, and it’s manifested in a wondrous practice that she shares with her two young sons.

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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’

“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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