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  • History of Information and Computing
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Crisis Informatics



Finn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School. She published the monograph, Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters, about postearthquake communication practices. Her newer projects examine ethical research practices in the field of computer security, and investigate the implications of novel information policies on a transnational scale. She brings together perspectives and approaches from information studies, science and technology studies, and the history of media, information, and communication. In addition to her research and teaching, she is an advisor for the Science, Technology, & Society Studies (STSS) Graduate Certificate program, a member of the iSchool's DataLab, and starting in 2019, a core faculty in Data Science Studies at the eScience Institute. Megan has an undergraduate degree in computer science from University of Michigan, completed her PhD at UC Berkeley, and spent time at Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, MA with the Social Media Collective as a Postdoctoral Researcher.


  • Ph D, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • M.I.M.S., Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • BS, Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000

Publications and Contributions

  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Information Infrastructure and Resilience in American Disaster Plans (2018)
    The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective in Managing Risk and Disaster, Page 149-171 Author: Megan Finn
  • Book Review
    Review of "Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost its Edge in Computing" (2018)
    Information and Culture, Volume 53, Issue 3/4 Author: Megan Finn
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Imagining the Internet: Special issue introduction (2016)
    Information, Communication, and Society, Volume 19, Issue 6 Authors: Megan Finn, B Light
  • Conference Paper
    Information Infrastructure and Resilience in American Disaster Plans (2016)
    The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: Structures, Practices and Epistemologies Workshop Author: Megan Finn
  • Workshop Paper
    Accounting for people post-earthquake (2015)
    History of Data Workshop at Columbia University Author: Megan Finn
  • Conference Poster
    Beyond Information Determinism to Information Orders: A New Framework for Policy (2015)
    iConference 2015 Authors: Morgan Ames, Megan Finn, Janaki Srinivasan
  • Conference Extended Abstract
    Making Twitter Datasets and the “God Eye” of Social Media Research (2015)
    Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Authors: Megan Finn, Shawn Walker
  • Conference Extended Abstract
    Public News Bots? Creating Networked News Time in Automated Journalism (2015)
    Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Authors: Megan Finn, Mike Ananny
  • Workshop Paper
    Repair in a World of Risk (2015)
    Repair Workshop, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Authors: Megan Finn,
  • Workshop Paper
    The production and circulation of earthquake knowledge in 1868 California (2015)
    Knowledge Infrastructures Workshop, University of Washington Author: Megan Finn
  • Conference Paper
    Seeing with Paper: Government documents and material participation (2014)
    47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences Authors: Megan Finn, Janaki Srinivasan, Rajesh Srinivasan
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    The limits of crisis data: analytical and ethical challenges of using social and mobile data to understand disasters (2014)
    Authors: Kate Crawford, Megan Finn
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Information Infrastructure and Descriptions of the 1857 Fort Tejon Earthquake (2013)
    Information and Culture: a Journal of History, Volume 48, Issue 2 Author: Megan Finn
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    The Limits of Peer Production: Some Reminders from Max Weber for the Network Society (2011)
    New Media & Society, Volume 13, Issue 2, Page 243-259 Authors: Daniel Kreiss, Megan Finn, Fred Turner
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Business Models for Technology in the Developing World: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (2006)
    California Management Review, Volume 48, Issue 3, Page 48-61 Authors: Megan Finn, Henry Chesbrough, Shane Ahern, Shane Guarrez


  • Crisis Management and Informatics (2019)
    Jackson School of International Studies, Information School, Women’s Center Lecture Series - Seattle
  • Documenting Aftermath: An Author-Meets-Critics Session (2018)
    Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information, University of Maryland - College Park, MD
  • Ethical Controversies in Computing Security Research (2018)
    International Communications Association (ICA) - Prague, Czech Republic
  • How should engineering professionals respond to the rapid deployment of AI in our society? (2018)
    IEEE 2018 International Symposium on Technology & Society (ISTAS 2018) - Washington, DC
  • Mediating Earthquakes: How Sociotechnical Assemblages Shape Temporal Publics (2018)
    American Studies Association (ASA) - Atlanta, GA
  • We are all well: a social history of postearthquake public information infrastructures (2018)
    Magnitude 9 (M9) - Seattle, WA
  • Adventures in Data Management: Challenges and Key Developments in Collaborative Research (2017)
    Data Management: A Mandated Opportunity, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) - Philadelphia, PA
  • Assembling Public Time: Data, Bots, and Intersecting Professions (2017)
    Crisis data / data in crisis. International Communication Association (ICA) - San Diego, CA
  • Corporate States of Emergency (2017)
    Crisis Infrastructures and the Politics of Interdependence, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) - Boston, MA
  • alt.conference on Big Data (2014)
    Annual meeting, Association of American Geographers - Tampa, FL
  • Changing Publishing Practices in iSchools (2014)
    Annual Conference, iConference - Berlin, Germany
  • Time as Information Infrastructure (2014)
    Association of American Geographers - Tampa, FL
  • Crisis Research and the Limits of Social Media Datasets (2013)
    Association of Internet Researchers - Denver, CO
  • Disaster Response Plans as Material Politics (2013)
    Governing Technology: Material Politics and Hybrid Agencies - Palo Alto, CA
  • Imagined Information Practices: Information determinism and disaster response (2013)
    Society for the Social Study of Science - San Diego, CA
  • Information Orders after the 1906 Earthquake (2013)
    University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science and School of Journalism - Chapel Hill, NC
  • Post-Disaster Information and Communication Practices: plans and technologies (2013)
    International Association of Media and Communication Researchers - Dublin, Ireland
  • Privacy in the Context of Crisis Information Flows (2013)
    Association of American Geographers - Los Angeles, CA
  • Recognizing Invisible Infrastructure: Data Centers and Hurricane Sandy (2013)
    Association of Internet Researchers - Denver, CO
  • The Challenges of Crisis Data (2013)
    International Association of Media and Communication Researchers - Dublin, Ireland
  • Transparency and its Discontents: Democratic Prospects and Challenges (2013)
    Center for the Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society - Berkeley, CA