If you are a prospective Ph.D. student and would like to work with me: You should apply and be admitted to the UMSI PhD program. You are encouraged to include my name as a potential advisor in your application.

I also enjoy working with motivated undergraduate and master's students. If you are a current undergraduate or master's student at U-M (including beyond UMSI) and would like to work with me: Please read at least one of my publications. Then write 1-2 reflection paragraphs and summarize the article in your own words, stating what you found most interesting, and describing how you might extend this work.

Alternatively, if you are set on exploring a particular research question, please write an email that very clearly describes your thoughts as to why that question is important and how you think we could work together.  What you write about will not necessarily be what you may work on with me, but this exercise allows me to understand your thought process, and assess whether there is a good fit between my work and your interests. Once you have done so, please email me and include your reflection paragraph(s), CV, and transcripts. 

If you would like to request a letter of recommendation from me, please fill out this form. Then email me to let me know that you have done so.

These are the fantastic people I have had or currently have the privilege of working with.

Doctoral Students

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

PhD Students

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Cassidy Pyle

She/her/hers

Ph.D, Information 

Interests: social media, social support, information seeking, marginalization, stigma, privacy

Co-advised by Nicole Ellison 

PhD Students

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Kathryn Roemmich

She/her/hers

Ph.D, Information

Interests: technoethics, information law and privacy rights, usable and accessible privacy design, bias in emerging technologies

Co-advised by Florian Schaub 

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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Kristen Barta, Ph.D.

She/her/hers

Ph.D in Communication, University of Washington

Interests: social media visibility and vulnerability; disclosure and privacy; social media affordances; online social support

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Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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Karen Boyd

She/her/hers

Soon to be Ph.D, Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Interests: how technologists work with and think about values and ethics, particularly the builders of machine learning algorithms; how organizational and occupational dynamics might influence those beliefs and practices; nudging technologies that may become AGI toward alignment with human interests

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Masters Students

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Kristen Bowen

She/her/hers

Ph.D, Information Science, UNC Chapel Hill

Interests: social media, user experience, health, accessibility, marginalized groups, stigma, information behavior

Masters Students

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Dan Delmonaco

He/him/his

Ph.D, Information

Interests: health information practices, LGBTQ+ health, sex education, science and technology studies

Masters Students

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Gabriel Grill

He/him/his

Ph.D, Information

Interests: critical studies of algorithms, data and infrastructure, surveillance and resistance studies, sociology of risk, time and welfare

Masters Students

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Nadia Karizat

She/her/hers

M.S., Health Informatics; M.S., Urban and Regeonal Planning

Interests: population health, collective memory, urban social movements, health informatics, trauma-informed/inclusive technologies

Masters Students

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Emily Sartorius

She/her/hers

M.S., Information

Project: voice assistants and privacy

Former Student Collaborators 

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Cameron Giniel

He/him/his

M.S., Information

Interests: social media, social media’s role in labor organizing, social computing, human-computer interaction, sustainable technologies

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Wei Li

She/her/hers

M.S., Information

Interests: disclosure, narrative, social media, interactive storytelling

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Ky Wojciechowski

She/her/hers

M.S., Information

Interests: health services access especially for marginalized and underserved communities

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Justin Buss

He/him/his

M.S., Information

Interests: gender, social media, identity formation and management, information behaviors

Other Student Collaborators

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Madison Flood

She/her/hers

B.S., Anthropology

Interests: mental health, social computing, privacy, technology

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Sarah Lynch

She/her/hers

B.S., Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Interests: mental health, suicide prevention, social support, social media, neuropsychology 

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Rocío Cuesta Camuñas

She/her/hers

B.S., Political Science, Creative Writing

Interests: pregnancy loss and social media, Puerto Rico

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Annabelle Angus

She/her/hers

B.S. Cognitive Science 

Interests: technology for good, organizations

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Joyce Ho

She/her/hers

B.S. Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience; Gender and Health

Interests: mental health, stigma, population health, and technology