Faculty currently recruiting PhD students

We seek PhD students who are passionate about research, open to exploring the benefits of interdisciplinary perspectives, and curious about how information --  broadly construed -- interacts with social, economic, cultural, and technological systems. 

Our community of 40+ faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines. Many focus on how computing and communication technologies can enhance individual and collective capabilities and change social relations.​ ​

Below is a list of UMSI faculty members who are currently recruiting doctoral students:

Mark Ackerman, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor. Social computing and computer-supported cooperative work; expertise sharing; and knowledge manipulation in online spaces; media manipulation; collective memory.

Eytan Adar, Associate Professor. Intelligent user interfaces, information retrieval, behavioral data mining, visualization.

Christopher Brooks, Research Assistant Professor. Learning analytics; educational data mining; machine learning; information visualization.

Ceren Budak, Assistant Professor. Information analysis and retrieval; computational social science.

Yan Chen, Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor. Economics; incentive-centered design; contributions to public goods.

Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Associate Professor. Information retrieval, machine learning, natural language processing, educational technology.

Alain Cohn, Assistant Professor. Economics; field experiments; labor; moral decision making.

Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Associate Professor. Information retrieval; text mining; natural language processing; machine learning.

Paul Conway, Associate Professor. Archives and records management; digitization and representation of visual and textual archives; modeling the use of digital archives in the visual studies and the humanities.

Tawanna Dillahunt, Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction; ubiquitous computing; social computing.

Paul N. Edwards, Professor. Science and technology studies and history; computer models of climate and Earth systems; knowledge infrastructure.

Ron Eglash, Professor. STEM equity; ethnocomputing; generative justice. 

Nicole Ellison, Professor. Computer-supported cooperative work and communications; social computing; relationship formation and maintenance via social network sites.

Barbara Ericson, Assistant Professor.

Barry Fishman, Arthur F Thurnau Professor.  Learning science; learning technologies; gameful learning.

Patricia Garcia, Assistant Professor. Socio-cultural research on race, gender, and technology; STEM equity; qualitative action research.

Eric Gilbert, John D. Evans Endowed Professor of Information and Associate Professor. Social computing; computer-supported cooperative work; data science; mixed methods.

Mark Guzdial*, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 

Libby Hemphill, Associate Professor. Digital curation and data management, politics and social media, and hostility detection and de-escalation in social media.

David Jurgens, Assistant Professor. Natural language processing; computational sociolinguistics, computation social science, data science.

Matthew Kay, Assistant Professor. Information visualization, human-computer interaction, communicating uncertainty, and personal informatics.

John L. King, W.W. Bishop Collegiate Professor of Information. Technical and social change; information systems. 

Predrag “Pedja” Klasnja, Assistant Professor. Mobile health; health informatics; human-computer interaction; methods for evaluation of health technologies.

Erin L. Krupka, Assistant Professor. Economics and social psychology; effect of social and environmental factors on behavior; how social norms modify self-interest.

Cliff Lampe, Professor. Computer-supported cooperative work and communication studies; social computing; outcomes of participating in social network sites.

Walter Lasecki*, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Silvia Lindtner, Assistant Professor. Maker, innovation and open source hardware cultures; political economy in urban China; global processes of tech work and labor; feminist and cultural anthropology; science and technology studies; humanistic HCI; critical computing and design.

Gabriela Marcu, Assistant Professor of Information.

Qiaozhu Mei, Associate Professor. Data mining, information retrieval, machine learning.

Michael Nebeling, Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction; interface engineering; ubiquitous computing; augmented reality/virtual reality.

Mark W. Newman, Associate Professor. Human-computer interaction; ubiquitous computing; end-user programming.

Stephen Oney, Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction; end-user programming.

Sun Young Park, Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction; computer-supported cooperative work, health informatics, design.

Casey Pierce, Assistant Professor. Organizational communication and technology; knowledge management in organizations.

Paul Resnick, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor. Computer science, economics and social psychology; social computing; reputation and recommender systems.

Soo Young Rieh, Associate Professor. Library and information science; human information behavior; search behavior and experience; information credibility; searching as learning; information literacy. 

Lionel Robert, Assistant Professor. Management information systems; diversity and team performance; collaboration technology. 

Daniel Romero, Assistant Professor. Social and information networks: network evolution, information diffusion, user interactions on the web. 

Tanya Rosenblat, Associate Professor. Economics; behavioral and experimental economics, labor, development, social networks.

Christian Sandvig, Professor.  Infrastructure studies; socio-technical systems; social computing; information policy.

Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor.  Human-computer interaction; privacy; mobile and ubiquitous computing; the Internet of Things. 

Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, Assistant Professor.  Human-computer interaction; social computing; social media; equity; justice.

Stephanie Teasley, Research Professor. Computer-supported cooperative work and learning science; collaboration and learning technologies; learning analytics.

Andrea Thomer, Assistant Professor. Digital collections and data curation; museum informatics; earth science and biodiversity informatics; information organization; computer-supported cooperative work in data curation and scholarly settings.

Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information. Information and communication technologies and development (ICTD); human development; community development.

Vinod Vydiswaran*, Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences, Medical School and Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information

Elizabeth Yakel, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor. Digital archives and data curation, data reuse, archival metrics and evaluation.

* These faculty members have appointments in other departments and require a UMSI co-advisor.