Faculty eligible to advise 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 eligible to advise doctoral students, many of whom are looking for students for the 2017-2018 academic year​. Those with an asterisk (*) are eligible to advise doctoral students.

Mark S. Ackerman*, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Computer-supported cooperative work; expertise networks; organizational memory.

Eytan Adar*, Associate Professor; PhD, Washington. Network science; web re-visitation; network visualization.

Robin Brewer, Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellow; PhD, Northwestern. Interaction of social computing and accessibility.

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

Ceren Budak*, Assistant Professor; PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara. Information analysis and retrieval; computational social science.

Yan Chen*, Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor; PhD, California Institute of Technology. Economics; incentive-centered design; contributions to public goods.

Alain Cohn*, Assistant Professor; PhD, University of Zurich. Applied microeconomics; behavorial economics; behaviorial finance; experimental economics; labor economics; public economics.

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

Paul Conway*, Associate Professor; PhD, Michigan. 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; PhD, Carnegie Mellon. Human-computer interaction; ubiquitous computing; social computing.

Paul N. Edwards*, Professor; PhD, California-Santa Cruz. Science and technology studies and history; computer models of climate and Earth systems; knowledge infrastructure.

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

Thomas Finholt*, Dean, Professor; PhD, Carnegie Mellon. Computer-supported cooperative work; cyberinfrastructure; scientific collaboration via virtual organizations. 

Barry Fishman*, Arthur F Thurnau Professor; PhD, Northwestern.  Learning science; teacher learning; learning technologies.

Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Associate Professor; MILS, Wayne State. Contextual inquiry; information and digital literacy; makerspace culture and tools; library and information science.

Patricia Garcia*, Assistant Professor; PhD, UCLA. Socio-cultural research on race, gender, and technology; increasing girls' participation in STEM activities.

Eric Gilbert*, John D. Evans Endowed Professor of Information and Associate Professor; PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Margaret Hedstrom*, Robert M Warner Collegiate Professor; PhD, Wisconsin. Archives and records management; sustainable digital data preservation; science and big data.

Libby Hemphill*, Associate Professor; PhD, University of Michigan. Information and communication technologies for social change; ethics and pragmatics of research in big social data.

David Jurgens*, Assistant Professor; PhD, UCLA. Natural language processing; network science; data science; human behavior in large social systems.

Matthew Kay*, Assistant Professor; PhD, University of Washington. Human-computer interaction; ubiquitous computing; information visualization.

John L. King*, William Warner Bishop Collegiate Professor; PhD, California-Irvine. Public policy and computer science; requirement development for information systems design and implementation; organizational and institutional influences on information technology development.  

Predrag “Pedja” Klasnja, Assistant Professor; PhD, Washington. Human-computer interaction; ubiquitous computing for chronic disease management; health informatics. 

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

Carl Lagoze*, Associate Professor; PhD, Cornell University. Library and information science; digital libraries, metadata, and sociotechnical infrastructure for scholarly communication; scientific collaboration. 

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

Silvia Lindtner*, Assistant Professor; PhD, California-Irvine. DIY “maker” and open source culture; IT development in urban China; global processes of work and labor. 

Karen Markey*, Professor; PhD, Syracuse. Library and information science; subject searching; visual persuasion; gaming for teaching information literacy.

Qiaozhu Mei*, Associate Professor; PhD, Illinois. Computer science; information retrieval; text, Web, and social data mining.

Michael Nebeling*, Assistant Professor; PhD, ETH Zurich. Human-computer interaction; interface engineering; ubiquitous computing; crowdsourcing.

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

Sile O’Modhrain*, Associate Professor; PhD, Stanford. Human-computer interaction; haptic output interfaces; movement as interaction design.

Stephen Oney*, Assistant Professor; PhD, Carnegie-Mellon. Human-computer interaction; software engineering; programming environments.

Joyojeet Pal*, Assistant Professor; PhD, California-Berkeley. Information and communication technology for development; assistive technology; computer-aided learning.

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

Casey Pierce*, Assistant Professor; PhD, Northwestern University. Organizational communication and technology; knowledge management in organizations.

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

Soo Young Rieh*, Associate Professor; PhD, Rutgers. Library and information science; credibility and cognitive authority judgment; human information behavior. 

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

Daniel Romero*, Assistant Professor; PhD, Cornell. Social and information networks: network evolution, information diffusion, user interactions on Web. 

Tanya Rosenblat*, Associate Professor; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Experimental economics; trust and altruism in social networks.

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

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

Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck*, Assistant Professor; PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology.  Computer-supported cooperative work; social computing; youth and digital media.

Charles Severance, Clinical Associate Professor; PhD, Michigan State. Computer science and education; open educational resources; online learning, teaching and collaboration systems.

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

Chris Teplovs, Lecturer III, Research Scientist; PhD, Toronto. Data science; learning analytics; automated text analysis; machine learning; statistics and Big Data.

Andrea Thomer*, Assistant Professor; PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Digital curation; natural history; museum informatics; information organization; information systems usability.

Kentaro Toyama*, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, Associate Professor; PhD, Yale. Information and communication technologies; international development (ICTD). (January 2015)

Douglas E. Van Houweling, Professor; PhD, Indiana. Public policy and management; information systems management and planning; large-scale network management.

Tiffany C.E. Veinot*, Associate Professor; PhD, Western Ontario. Health informatics and library and information science; health information behavior within marginalized communities; social studies of health information technologies, policy, and practice.

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

David Wallace, Clinical Associate Professor; PhD, Pittsburgh. Recordkeeping and accountability; archiving and the shaping of the present and the past; social justice impact of archives; freedom of information; government secrecy. 

Elizabeth Yakel*, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor; PhD, Michigan. Archives and records management; access to digital archives; Web 2.0 and cultural heritage institutions; archival metrics and evaluation.

*Faculty eligible to advise PhD students