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University of Michigan School of Information

Robin Brewer

Robin Brewer

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/615-1299
Office: School of Information/4372 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website News About Robin Brewer


I completed my PhD at Northwestern University, advised by Anne Marie Piper. As a PhD student I was awarded the Segal Design Fellowship, GEM Fellowship, Google UNCF Scholarship, and NSF Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship. Also, during my studies, I worked as a User Experience Researcher at Microsoft Research, Facebook, and IBM.

Areas of interest

Accessibility (older adults and people with vision impairments)
Voice-based interfaces
Online communities and social computing
Motivation for online participation and engagement in online communities (e.g. blogging, crowd work platforms)
Autonomous vehicles and navigation


BS Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park

MS Human-Centered Computing, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 

PhD Technology and Social Behavior, Northwestern University

News about Robin Brewer

UMSI Research Roundup. TikTok, Media Storms, Algorithms. Check out UMSI faculty and PhD student publications.
Media Storms | TikTok | Algorithms: UMSI Research Roundup

Recent UMSI faculty and PhD student publications. 

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What is information science?

We asked two professors of information to break down the ambiguity. Read on for a straightforward definition, and find out why students who are interested in business or psychology might consider getting an information degree instead. 

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