PhD in Information Science


David Hendry

Hendry investigates tools, practices, and systems that create the conditions for sustainable, inclusive participation in the design of information systems. Working with the theory and method of Value Sensitive Design, he is currently conducting studies on the use of information systems by homeless young people and drop-in centers that support their welfare. For his dissertation at The Robert Gordon University where he graduated in 1996, he developed a user-interface architecture for implementing diverse families of information retrieval applications.

Jacob Wobbrock

Wobbrock works in the field of human-computer interaction, combining computer science, interaction design, and psychology to investigate novel user interface. He has co-authored eight best paper winners, including five from ACM CHI, and five best paper nominees, also from ACM CHI. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award and three other NSF grants. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Katie Davis

Davis investigates the role of digital media technologies in the academic, social and moral lives of adolescents. She works at Harvard University’s Project Zero, and also serves as an advisory board member for MTV’s digital abuse campaign, A Thin Line. Davis graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2012 with a doctorate in Human Development and Education. Her dissertation, entitled "The development of self and relationships in 21st century contexts," explored adolescents' sense of identity and the role that parents, friends, and digital media technologies play in the construction of the self.

Joseph Janes

Joe Janes is interested in examining the nature of information and its relationship to the human experience. A frequent speaker in the US and abroad, he is the co-author of several books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship, and writes a regular column for American Libraries magazine. He holds the M.L.S. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the State University of New York at Albany as well as at Syracuse and Washington. Janes is founding director of the Internet Public Library. Janes earned his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 1989.

Batya Friedman

Friedman pioneered value sensitive design (VSD), an approach to account for human values in the design of information systems. First developed in human-computer interaction, VSD has since been used in information management, human-robotic interaction, computer security, civil engineering, applied philosophy, and land use and transportation. She is currently working on multi-lifespan information system design and on methods for envisioning new ideas for leveraging information systems to shape our futures. In 2012 Batya was awarded the SIG-CHI Social Impact Award and the University of Washington Faculty Lecture Award. Her Ph.D. is from University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

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