I am interested in the intersection of information, technology and flexible work arrangements. Largely influenced by the sociotechnical tradition, my research focuses on the ways information and communication technologies (ICTs) mediate work practices.
Current research projects investigate
My doctoral dissertation explored the interplay between different social technologies and informal knowledge practices within and across organizations. In my doctoral studies, I also studied the ways in which informal networks serve as conduits of knowledge, facilitating technological innovations in the context of tabletop computing.
Will Sutherland is a master's student in Information Science at the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to UNC, Will earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder. During his studies there he researched American propaganda campaigns during World War I. His research has since turned towards information and communication technologies in society. He has a particular interest in information infrastructures, knowledge work, and the web.+ Contact
Sarah Beth Nelson is a PhD student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina. Her research interest is contemporary oral communication, with a focus on the information behaviors present in the reality (true, personal, edgy) storytelling movement. She is also conducting collaborative research on the information practices of mobile knowledge workers. Sarah Beth holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama and a Specialist in Education with a focus on School Library Media from the University of Georgia. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she was an elementary librarian at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah Beth also performs as a storyteller, mostly for adult audiences, in festivals, fringes, story slams, and curated programs.+ Website
Grace is a PhD student at School of Information and Library Science (UNC). Her research interests lie at the intersection of Health Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction. Her research specifically explores ways to support self-monitoring practices such that people can more easily collect personal data, learn their behavioral patterns, and develop positive changes. Grace received a BSc in Computer Science from Sookmyung Women's University and a MSc in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.+ Contact
Eliscia Kinder is a PhD student at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC. Her research interests include digital humanities, collective memory, narratology, and community archiving. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Art in English with a focus on Irish Literature & Culture from Boston College.+ Contact
Leslie Thomson has been a Royster Fellow and PhD Student at UNC Chapel Hill since August 2013, interested in the information behaviours and personal information management of professionals, particularly home office users and nomadic workers. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Master of Information Studies program in 2010, after completing a thesis that focused on information practices in home offices. She has four years of library work experience at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.+ Contact
Steve Sawyer is associate dean for research and a professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University . He conducts research in the social informatics tradition with particular attention to the ways in which people organize to work together and use information and communication technologies. Steve leads courses that focus student’s attention to the design, development and implementation of information systems, managing projects and systems, and to the roles of information and communication technologies relative to organizational and social change. Steve received his D.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Boston University.+ Website
Ingrid is an assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Ingrid’s scholarly interests lie at the intersection of information, management science, and innovation studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Center for Work, Technology & Organization in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 2009, where she wrote a dissertation on the use of locative technology for mobile communication and organizing.+ Website
I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with several great researchers from multiple institutions on different projects. Here are some of those I am currently collaborating with.