Janghee Cho

Janghee Cho

PhD Student
Information Science
Janghee Cho is an Information Science Ph.D. student working with Professor Stephen Voida. His main research interest is how people adapt and leverage information and communication technologies into their daily lives using multidisciplinary methods. Janghee has a MA degree in Media and Information from Michigan State University and a BA degree in Mass Communication from Yonsei University, South Korea. Outside of his research, he enjoys traveling, cooking and drinking beer.
Noah Cowit

Noah Cowit

PhD Student
Information Science
Noah Cowit is a first year Ph.D. student in Information Science. He is interested in issues of educational equity in STEM fields and wants to contribute to projects that focus on underserved populations. Noah received a BA from Williams College in 2020, majoring in Computer Science. Noah enjoys going to art museums and cooking. He often does outdoor activities in his free time.
Jim Dykes

Jim Dykes

PhD Student
Information Science
Jim Dykes is a first-year doctoral student. He is a statistician at the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at CU Boulder. Prior to IBS, he was a technologist designing computer systems and security. He has worked as a statistician at both UC Davis and Dartmouth designing and analyzing medical, social and agricultural research. He holds a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Statistics from Utah State University.
Brianna Dym

Brianna Dym

PhD Student
Information Science
Brianna Dym is a 2nd year Information Science PhD Student researching marginalized populations online and the different ways marginalized groups seek to empower themselves through technology. She has a background in English and sociolinguistics, with a masters degree from the University of Alaska. She got her start in researching online communities and their digital literacy practices. She is currently researching online LGBTQIA communities within fandom sites like Tumblr and Archive...
Mikhaila Friske

Mikhaila Friske

PhD Student
Information Science
Mikhaila Friske is a PhD student studying information science in the College of Media, Communication and Information. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2017. Advised by Laura Devendorf, Mikhaila researches smart textiles and textile design software in the Unstable Design Lab. Mikhaila's interests include exploring the cross-section between handcraft and technology, and technologies that empower underrepresented groups.
Natalie Garrett

Natalie Garrett

PhD Student
Information Science
Natalie Garrett is an Information Science PhD student working with Prof. Casey Fiesler. Natalie's interests are in research ethics and computer science ethics education. Prior to becoming a doctoral student, she held positions as a founding team member of a local Boulder software startup, consulted with international EdTech startups and had a career in higher education administration. She is a graduate of Prescott College (BA in Environmental Studies) and University...
Shamika Goddard

Shamika Goddard

PhD Student
Information Science
Shamika Goddard is a person who is passionate about people and technology! She was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, and is the oldest of four children. Attending math and engineering camps for fun in junior high and high school, Shamika was excited about learning and eager to help save the world. After graduating from Stanford University, she served a year with AmeriCorps through Reading Partners in Queens and...
Tajanae Harris

Tajanae Harris

PhD Student
Information Science
Tajanae Harris (pronouns: she / her / hers) is a PhD student in Information Science at CU Boulder. Her research interests continue to evolve but under the supervision of Professor Leysia Palen, she focuses on how Black and Indigenous communities gather, process, and disseminate information in times of natural disaster. To further her understanding of these efforts, she also pursues a certificate in Environmental Justice. Tajanae arrives to Boulder by...
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Xiaolei Huang

PhD Student
Information Science
Xiaolei Huang is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate of Information Science. He graduated from the Chinese Academy of Sciences with an MSc. degree in Computer Science. His current research is in domain adaptation, user modeling & cross-lingual transfer learning, with applications in health informatics. For example, He modeled and analyzed public health issues (flu vaccination services and mental health) via social media. He also had some experience in cross-lingual transfer...
Aaron Jiang

Jialun "Aaron" Jiang

PhD Student
Information Science
Jialun “Aaron” Jiang is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Science. He studies online content moderation, and how we can make it better. He also does research more broadly in social computing, online communities and social media using a combination of qualitative, quantitative and computational methods. Aaron has an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. At...
Morgan Klaus Scheuerman

Morgan Klaus Scheuerman

PhD Student
Information Science
Morgan Klaus Scheuerman is an Information Science PhD student interested in exploring the ways individuals with diverse gender identities interact with technology. He grew up in Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Art in Communication & Media Studies with a minor in Gender Studies at Goucher College and a Master of Science in Human-Centered Computing at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His master thesis work focused on the way...
Wendy Norris

Wendy Norris

PhD Student
Information Science
Wendy Norris is an Information Science PhD student and works with Prof. Stephen Voida to explore how time and temporality are represented in humanitarian socio-technical systems. Her work is situated in crisis informatics, human-computer interaction, social computing, and digital humanitarian networks. She brings extensive industry experience in online platform development, crowdsourcing/peer production systems, and user-centered design processes. Prior to graduate school, Wendy held professional fellowships at Stanford University, University of...
Anthony Pinter

Anthony Pinter

PhD Student
Information Science
Anthony Pinter is an Information Science PhD student who works with Dr. Jed Brubaker and the Identity Lab. His research focuses on how people's identities change across social media platforms during life transitions. In his work, he focuses primarily on how online identity changes in the wake of romantic break ups, but he has also investigated how individuals' online identities change during gender transition. Prior to coming to CU Boulder,...
Dianna Radpour

Dianna Radpour

PhD Student
Information Science
Dianna is a PhD student in Information Science researching natural language processing and machine learning methods to solve real-world problems. She holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin in Linguistics, and an MS in Computational Linguistics from the University at Buffalo, and is now working with Dr. Michael Paul at CU Boulder. In the past, she worked on deep learning methods for sarcasm detection in Yelp reviews,...
Fuji Robledo

Fuji Robledo

PhD Student
Information Science
Fuji Robledo is an Information Science PhD student who is interested in how data impacts nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to the community (such as a mental health clinic). She is a member of the Philanthropic Informatics Lab with Dr. Amy Voida. Prior to CU, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in clinical social...
Janet Ruppert

Janet Ruppert

PhD Student
Information Science
Janet Ruppert is a PhD student in Information Science working to increase tech literacy for kids and families in an accessible and playful way. She joined Dr. Ricarose Roque’s lab after receiving her bachelor’s in management information systems from the University of Alabama. Areas of study include digital privacy and surveillance capitalism.
Melanie Sidwell

Melanie Sidwell

PhD Student
Information Science
Melanie M. Sidwell (she/her/hers) is a PhD student curious about the intersection of media, activism and philanthropy. She is a member of the Philanthropic Informatics Lab with Dr. Amy Voida. Melanie has been a CU employee since 2008, working in marketing and communications, alumni relations and advancement roles. Prior to CU, she was a newspaper reporter in Colorado, Florida and Nebraska. Melanie has a master’s in media studies from CU...
Jessie Smith

Jessie Smith

PhD Student
Information Science
Jessie 'Jess' Smith is a second year PhD student in the department of Information Science. Jess received her bachelor's in software engineering from Cal Poly in 2018. Her PhD research is focused on AI ethics, machine learning fairness and bias, and incorporating ethical speculation in the computer science classroom. Jess loves to engage in public scholarship about her research to encourage transparency and interdisciplinary dialogue about the unintended consequences of...
Nasim Sonboli

Nasim Sonboli

PhD Student
Information Science
Nasim (na-seem) Sonboli is an Information Science Ph.D. student and a member of That Recommender Systems Lab working under the supervision of Prof. Robin Burke, a pioneer in the field of recommender systems. She’s working on the fairness, accountability and transparency of recommendation algorithms and has several publications in ACM FAT* Conference and ACM Recommender Systems Conference. She got her master’s degree with distinction in Predictive Analytics from DePaul University...
Kandrea Wade

Kandrea Wade

PhD Student
Information Science
Kandrea Wade is a PhD student in the Information Science department at CU Boulder focusing on algorithmic identity and the digital surveillance of marginalized groups. Along with developing her research at CU Boulder, Kandrea seeks to discover and assist in creating proper ethical regulations and education on algorithmic identity and digital literacy. With a background of over 15 years in entertainment and media, her interests have evolved from demographic programming...
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Katy Weathington

PhD Student
Information Science
Katy Weathington is a PhD student in information science, interested in critical examinations of data science and machine learning practices. With an undergraduate background in data science and mathematics, Katy received a master's degree in computing from Marquette University, where her thesis examined the implementation of common predictive policing algorithms. At CU-Boulder, she is co-advised by Dr. Brian Keegan and Dr. Jed Brubaker, and is a member of the Identity...
Jordan Wirfs-Brock

Jordan Wirfs-Brock

PhD Student
Information Science
Jordan Wirfs-Brock is an Information Science PhD student interested in how unexpected mechanisms - sound, art, taste, participatory experiences - can help people understand quantitative data. Before that, Jordan was a data journalist with Inside Energy, a public media collaboration, where she told complex stories in approachable ways using graphics, podcasting, live performances and more. If Jordan isn't at her computer, she's probably trail running.
Junnan Yu

Junnan Yu

PhD Student
Information Science
Junnan Yu is a Ph.D. student in Information Science. Advised by Professor Ricarose Roque, his research is focused on understanding, supporting, and designing the ecology (e.g., children, parents, and technologies) around children's informal learning. Currently, he is exploring how to provide a more active computational learning experience for children through physical play. Before that, Junnan was a designer and holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Industrial Design.
Madelyn Zander

Madelyn Zander

PhD Student
Information Science
Madelyn Zander is a PhD student in information science whose research interests are in data ethics, privacy and law. Using her background in anthropology and sociology, she plans to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Iceland. By studying the abundant information infrastructure, and the social, economic and political impacts of data centers, Madelyn hopes to contribute to the development of regulatory infrastructure for the collection and use of personal data. Through her...