Potential faculty advisors
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 potential faculty advisors for 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.
Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant Professor. HCI; Social computing; social media; social technologies, stigma, & distress; marginality; self-disclosure & privacy; social support; wellbeing; reproductive health; emotional artificial intelligence & ethics.
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 of Information. Behavioral economics; lab, field, and online field experiments; public economics; market and mechanism design; online communities.
Alain Cohn, Assistant Professor. Behavioral economics; lab, field, and online experiments; honesty, morality, crime; social behavior; social norms; workplace behavior; financial decision making; income inequality.
Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Associate Professor. Information retrieval; machine learning; natural language processing; educational technology.
Paramveer Dhillon, Assistant Professor. Machine learning; natural language processing; computational social science; social networks; digital experimentation; causal Inference.
Tawanna Dillahunt, Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction; social computing, and computer-supported cooperative work; ubiquitous computing; information and communication technologies and social change; sustainability.
Ron Eglash, Professor. STEM equity; ethnocomputing; generative justice.
Nicole Ellison, Karl E Weick Collegiate Professor of Information and Professor of Information. Computer-mediated communication; online relationships; online self-presentation; consequences and uses of social media.
Barbara Ericson, Assistant Professor. Computing education, learning analytics, artificial intelligence, and user experience.
Barry Fishman, Arthur F Thurnau Professor. Learning sciences; 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.
Oliver Haimson, Assistant Professor. Social computing; HCI; social media; online identity; emotional health and wellbeing; life transitions and social technologies; transgender and/or LGBTQ+ people and social technologies; social media content moderation and marginalized populations.
Libby Hemphill, Associate Professor. Digital curation and data management; politics and social media; hostility detection and de-escalation in social media.
Abigail Jacobs, Assistant Professor. Computational social science; social networks; data science; governance; fairness and machine learning.
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; 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. Crowdsourcing; human-AI interaction; human-computer interaction; human computation; interactive intelligent systems; situated interaction; conversational systems; accessibility; access technology.
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.
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.
Steve Oney, Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction; end-user programming.
Sun Young Park*, Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction; health informatics; computer-supported cooperative work; health information systems; patient-provider collaboration; participatory design; design.
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.
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. Privacy; human-computer interaction; usable privacy & security; privacy in emerging technologies.
Grant Schoenebeck, Assistant Professor. Theoretical computer science; algorithmic game theory; social networks; mechanisms for information elicitation and aggregation.
Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, Associate 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, Professor. Information and communication technologies and development (ICTD); human development; community development.
V.G.Vinod Vydiswaran*, Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences, Medical School and Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information. Clinical natural language processing; health informatics; data science; information trustworthiness.
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.