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 (e.g., when you are asked to tag potential faculty advisors, and in your research statement). Some applicants may have seen advice here and there to reach out to potential faculty advisors prior to applying. You are welcome to reach out to me if you would like to, however, you should rest assured that I will see and carefully review your application if you have indicated interest in working with me, whether you contact me prior to applying or not. If you do contact me prior to applying, I may not be able to get back to you; if that ends up being the case, that is not a signal of anything; so do not worry! It just means I get way more emails than I can possibly attend to. My advice would be to just focus your energy on putting a great application package together. If you do email, my one advice would be to avoid general inquiries just because they are not very informative; for example, rather than expressing interest in a field like social computing or HCI broadly, I would love to know what research questions excite you and how you think about problems; What are the problems you care about and want to address? Why do those problems matter? How would you address those problems? It is truly a joy when PhD students expand my thinking and intellectually engage with pressing socio-technical issues. 

I will be recruiting new PhD students for the current application cycle. 

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 are offered a position to join my research group, you will likely work with more senior members of the group such as PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. 

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 

https://cassidympyle.wixsite.com/portfolio

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
She/her/hers

Ph.D, Communication, University of Washington

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

kristenbarta.com 

Masters Students

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Somya Bhagwagar
She/her/hers

MS, Information 

Interests:  social media, usable and accessible privacy, algorithmic bias, storytelling, and personal narrative disclosure and persuasion

http://bhagwsom.github.io/

Masters Students

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Katie Wolberg
She/her/hers

BSc Information

Interests: social media, technology for good, online social support, inclusive technologies

Masters Students

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Serena Fan
She/her/hers

BSE, Computer Science

Interests: human-computer interaction, AI, social media, privacy, social computing

Masters Students

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Tillie Rosenberg
She/her/hers

BS, Major Undecided

Interests: social media, mental health and well-being, information law, bias in technologies

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/Postdocs  

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Karen Boyd
She/her/hers

Ph.D. Information, University of Maryland

Interests: how technologists work with and think about values

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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