Alumni Bios and Contact
These are the lives of our alumni!
Julia Adler-Milstein is working on her dissertation at Harvard University looking at the use of IT in health care delivery.
Cecilia Aragon (CSST 2009) is now associate professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington.
Jeremy Birnholz is still assistant professor of Communication and Information Science at Cornell University.
Kevin Crowston is a professor of Information Studies at Syracuse University School of Information Studies.
Laura Dabbish is an assistant professor of Information Technology and Organizations at the Heinz College and Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Paul Dourish is still a Professor of Informatics at UC Irvine, continues to do everything he did before and is probably doing a few more things now. He is finishing up a couple of books, getting his grants rejected by NSF, and looking forward to welcome Melissa to our faculty in the upcoming months (see below). Two more of his students/postdocs will be attending this summer's event.
Ingrid Erickson defended her dissertation in November 2008 and is currently a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Council where she works with
Tom Finholt is an associate dean and professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He enjoyed the second summer institute and wishes Steve et al. good luck on CSST III. He is very excited that so many CSST alumni are getting great jobs -- and is happy that Michigan graduates and students are well-represented at the upcoming institute via Matt Bietz, Brian Hilligoss, Cory Knobel, Sameer Patil and Andrea Wiggins.
Ingbert Floyd is still a Ph.D. student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has been helping with the 2009 CSST Summer Research Institute and has also helped organize CSST-related workshops at various conferences.
Laura Forlano (CSST 2009) is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Interaction Design Lab in the Communication department at Cornell University.
Andrea Forte (CSST 2008) graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology’s Human-Centered Computing program in 2009. She joined the faculty at Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology in spring 2010, after taking a few months to welcome her baby boy Ian!
Sean Goggins is an Assistant Professor at Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology, where a sizable contingent of young socio-technical faculty (Andrea Forte, Jen Rode, Mick Khoo and Gerry Stahl) now form the nucleus of a socio-technical research machine. Sean is actively writing papers, after a busy fall writing grants.
Andreea Gorbatai is still a Ph.D. student at Harvard Business School and has completed her coursework and quals.
Jonathan Grudin is still at Microsoft Research, interested in emerging technologies and practices in enterprises and enthusiastic about the potential influence of the annual Information School conferences.
David Gurzick (CSST 2010), is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Dept. of Economics and Management at Hood College, Frederick, MD and a research affiliate of the INSER lab at the University of Washington. His research focuses on exploring how online communities and other social media can be designed to enable meaningful reflection, promote competency awareness and building, and facilitate peer-to-peer support.
James Howison defended his dissertation in December 2008 and graduated from the Information School at Syracuse University in May 2009. In January he started a post-doc at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, where he is working with Jim Herbsleb begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting. He also is happy to working with two CMU CSST alums, Laura Dabbish and Niki Kuttur. If you are passing through Pittsburgh, or just want to come visit us at CMU, you are very welcome.
Steve Jackson is still chipping away in the salt mines of academia, as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He's busy this summer with several NSF grants studying dimensions of governance in large-scale collaborative science, plus a bunch of interesting side projects in the information policy and IT and global development spaces. He's also just discovering the joys of Ultimate Frisbee.
Matthew Kam graduated from University of California at Berkeley in December and then moved to Pittsburgh where he began a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University in Human Computer Interaction in January.
Niki Kittur took a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University in Human Computer Interaction.
Paul Leonardi is still at Northwestern University as assistant professor and is looking forward to returning to Doha, Qatar after teaching this year at Northwestern’s new campus there.
Silvia Lindtner is still a PhD candidate in the department of Informatics at UC Irvine, working towards defending her dissertation proposal in July and continuing her ethnographic research on digital media and socio-technical distinction work in urban China in the later summer and fall of 2010.
Melissa Mazmanian defended her dissertation in May at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and will move to southern California to join the faculty at University of California Irvine in the Informatics department this fall.
Lisa Nathan is now an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.
Dan Perkel is working on his dissertation at University of California at Berkeley and has been involved in the MacArthur Foundation’s effort to organize their Digital Media and Learning initiative.
Emilee Rader graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009, and is currently (as of May 2010) a postdoc on a CI Fellowship in the Center for Technology and Social Behavior at Northwestern University. She will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department at Northwestern in September 2010.
Yuqing (Ching) Ren is still assistant professor of Information and Decision Sciences at the University of Minnesota, and received her first NSF grant to study online volunteer groups.
David Ribes (davidribes.com) moved to Washington DC and took a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Georgetown University's Communication, Culture and Technology Program. In addition to this he was awarded two NSF grants to study cyberinfrastructure and scientific virtual organizations. He is currently editing a special issue of the Journal for Computer Supported Cooperative Work (JCSCW) on Cyberinfrastructure and eScience. His favorite course he taught was called 'Infrastructure Studies: Knowledge, Distribution & Power.' On top of all this, he thinks DC is just lovely, and an undiscovered treasure of a city.
Jennifer Rode graduated from University of California at Irvine in April. She is employed as an Assistant Professor at Drexel University in the iSchool.
Steve Sawyer has been busy organizing the 2009 CSST Summer Research Institute and has also taken a new position at Syracuse University as associate professor of Information Studies.
Fred Stutzman is still a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science and is working on a number of publications, including a book. On February 6th he also welcomed his son Freddie into the world.
Andrea Tapia is still at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology as assistant professor. She graduated her first PhD and Masters students this year, has two more PhD students about to defend, was awarded an NSF grant, and has written numerous journal and conference articles and a book chapter and is submitting her tenure packet this year.
Zach Toups is finishing up his dissertation on non-mimetic simulation games for teaching team coordination at Texas A&M University and will be defending in June. After running user studies at Brayton Fire Training Field, he is working on a mixed reality version of the game from his dissertation and heading back to the Field to further investigate burn training.
Jeffrey Treem is a PhD student in the Media, Technology and Society at Northwestern University. He is nearing completion of his dissertation, which explores the relationship between information technology use and perceptions of expertise, under the guidance of fellow CSST alum Professor Paul Leonardi.
Janet Vertesi wrapped up her research position at UC Irvine and is at the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University until 2013, with an appointment in Sociology. She is PI of an NSF SOCS grant (with Paul and Melissa at UCI) continuing her study of the coordination practices and organizational settings of robotic space exploration teams; and is working on a book about the Mars Rover Mission.