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

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

Co-advised by Nicole Ellison 

Cassidy Pyle

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Ph.D, Information 

PhD Students

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

Co-advised by Florian Schaub 

Kathryn Roemmich

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Ph.D, Information

PhD Students

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

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Kristen Barta, Ph.D.

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Ph.D in Communication, University of Washington

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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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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Karen Boyd

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

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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

Ph.D, Information Science, UNC Chapel Hill

Kristen Bowen

She/her/hers

Masters Students

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

Ph.D, Information

Dan Delmonaco

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Masters Students

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

Ph.D, Information

Gabriel Grill

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Masters Students

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

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

Nadia Karizat

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Masters Students

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Project: voice assistants and privacy

M.S., Information

Emily Sartorius

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Masters Students

Former Student Collaborators 

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

M.S., Information

Cameron Giniel

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Interests: disclosure, narrative, social media, interactive storytelling

M.S., Information

Wei Li

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Interests: health services access especially for marginalized and underserved communities

M.S., Information

Ky Wojciechowski

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

M.S., Information

Justin Buss

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Other Student Collaborators

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Interests: mental health, social computing, privacy, technology

B.S., Anthropology

Madison Flood

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

B.S., Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Sarah Lynch

She/her/hers

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Interests: pregnancy loss and social media, Puerto Rico

B.S., Political Science, Creative Writing

Rocío Cuesta Camuñas

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Interests: technology for good, organizations

B.S. Cognitive Science 

Annabelle Angus

She/her/hers

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

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

Joyce Ho

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