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Organized by Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) and

the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group

April 26

28, 2012

Participant Biographies

Robert Ackland

Robert Ackland

is an Associate Professor in the Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute at
the Australian National University, where he conducts empirical social science research into online social
and organizational networks. He leads the Virtual Observatory

for the Study of Online Networks project
(, coordinates the ANU's Master of Social Research programme and teaches on
the social science of the Internet and online research methods. Robert has degrees in economics from
the Universit
y of Melbourne, Yale University (where he was a Fulbright Scholar) and the ANU, where he
gained his PhD in 2001. He has been chief investigator on four Australian Research Council grants and in
2007, he was a UK National Centre for e
Social Science Visiti
ng Fellow and James Martin Visiting Fellow
at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Lance Bennett

W. Lance Bennett is Professor of Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication
at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, where he dir
ects the Center for Communication and Civic
Engagement (
). He has received the Ithiel de Sola Pool and Murray Edelman
career awards from the American Political Science Association, and the

National Communication
Association has recognized him as a Distinguished Scholar for lifetime achievement in the study of
human communication.

Bruce Bimber

Bruce Bimber is Professor of Political Science
at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


political communication, with a focus on the relationship between digital media

human behavior, especially in the domains of political organization and collective action. His
new book
Collective Action in Organization
, written with Andrew Flanagin and Cynthia Stohl, is
available from Cambridge Univ
ersity Press. He also author of
Information and American Democracy
which won the Price Award for Best Book on Science, Technology and Politics from the American
Science Association, and which is available in Chines
e, Arabic, and Korean. His book
Campaigning Online
, with Richard Davis, won the McGannon Communication Policy Award for social
and ethical
relevance. He is also author of
The Politics of Expertise in Con

In 1999, he founded the
Center for Information Technology and Society at UC Santa Barbara, which he directed until 2006. He is
a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past Fellow of the Center
for Advanced Study in

the Behavioral Sciences. He has a doctorate in political science from MIT, and a
bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Stanford.

danah boyd

Dr. danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at
Microsoft Res
, a Research Assistant Professor in
Culture, and Communication

at New York University, a Fellow at Harvard's
Berkman Center for Internet
and Society
, a

Research Fellow of the
Born This Way Foundation
, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at
University of New South Wales
. Her research examines the intersectio
n of technology, society, and
youth culture. Currently, she's focused on privacy, youth meanness and cruelty, and human trafficking.
She co
Hanging Out, Messing Around,

and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New

She's working a new book called "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens."



Manuel Castells

University of Southern California

Hsinchun Chen

Dr. Hsinchun

Chen is McClelland Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of
Arizona. He received the B.S. degree from the National Chiao
Tung University in Taiwan, the MBA
degree from SUNY Buffalo, and the Ph.D. degree in Information Systems from
the N
ew York University.
Dr. Chen has

served as a Scientific Counselor/Advisor of the National Library of Medicine (USA),
Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and National Library of China (China). Dr. Chen is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS.
He received the IEEE Computer
Society 2006 Technical Achievement Award, the 2008 INFORMS Design
Science Award, the MIS Quarterly 2010 Best Paper Award, and the IEEE 2011 Research Achievement and
Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics. He
s also a finalist of the AZ

Tech Council’s
Governor’s Innovation of the Year Award in 2011.

He is author/editor of 20 books, 25 book chapters, 250 SCI journal articles, and 140 refereed conference
articles covering Web computing, search engines, digital library, intelligence analy
sis, biomedical
informatics, data/text/web mining, and knowledge management. His recent books include:
Dark Web

Sports Data Mining

Infectious Disease Informatics

Terrorism Informatics

Mapping Nanotechnology Knowledge and Inn

Digital Government

and Security Informatics for International Security

(2006); and
Medical Informatics

(2005), all published
by Springer. Dr. Chen’s publication productivity in Information Systems was ranked #8 in a bib
study in (CAIS 2005) and #9 in (EJIS, 2007); and he was ranked #1 in Digital Library research in a study in
(IP&M 2005), #1 in JASIST publication for 1998
2007 in (JASIST 2008) and #5 in h
index in IEEE Intelligent
Systems publications for 1986
010 in (IEEE IS 1010). His overall h
index is 60, which is among the top
three in the MIS. He is Editor in Chief of the
ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems

Springer Security Informatics Journal.

He serves on ten editorial boards includin
IEEE Intelligent
Systems, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and
Cybernetics, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Decision Support
International Journal on Digital

. He has been an advisor for major NSF, DOJ, NLM,
DOD, DHS, and other international research programs in digital library, digital government, medical
informatics, and national security research.

Dr. Chen is founding director of Artificial Intelli
gence Lab and Hoffman E
Commerce Lab. The UA
Artificial Intelligence Lab, which houses 20+ researchers, has received more than $30M in research
funding from NSF, NIH, NLM, DOD, DOJ, CIA, DHS, and other agencies (90 grants, 40 from NSF). Dr. Chen
has also p
roduced 30 Ph.D. students who are placed in major academic institutions around the world.
The Hoffman E
Commerce Lab, which has been funded mostly by major IT industry partners, features
one of the most advanced e
commerce hardware and software environment
s in the College of
Management. Dr. Chen was conference co
chair of ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2004
and had served as the conference/program co
chair for the past eight International Conferences of
Asian Digital Libraries, the premiere
digital library meeting in Asia that he helped develop. Dr. Chen is
also (founding) conference co
chair of the IEEE International Conferences on Intelligence and Security
Informatics (ISI) 2003
present. The ISI conference, which has been sponsored by NSF,
CIA, DHS, and NIJ,
has become the premiere meeting for international and homeland security IT research. Dr. Chen’s
COPLINK system, which has been quoted as a national model for public safety inf
ormation sharing and
has been adopted in more than 3
500 law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The COPLINK
research had been featured in the
New York Times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post,
Boston Globe,

and ABC News, among others. The COPLINK project was selected as a finalist by the
igious International
Association of Chiefs of Police
/Motorola 2003 Weaver Seavey Award for
Quality in Law Enforcement in 2003. COPLINK research has recently been expanded to border protection
(BorderSafe), disease and bioagent surveillance (BioPortal), and

terrorism informatics research (Dark
Web), funded by NSF, DOD, CIA, and DHS. In collaboration with selected international terrorism research
centers and intelligence agencies, the Dark Web project has generated one of the largest databases in
the world ab
out extremist/terrorist
generated Internet contents (web sites, forums, blogs, and
multimedia documents). Dark Web research supports link analysis, content analysis, web metrics
analysis, multimedia analysis, sentiment analysis, and authorship analysis of
international terrorism
contents. The project has received significant international press coverage, including: Associated Press,
USA Today, The Economist, NSF Press, Washington Post
, Fox News, BBC, PBS,
Business Week, Discover


vernment Computing Week, Second German TV (ZDF), Toronto Star,

Arizona Daily Star,

among others.

Dr. Chen is also a successful entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Knowledge Computing Corporation
(KCC), a university spin
off IT company

and a market leader in law enforcement and intelligence
information sharing and data mining. KCC was acquired by i2, the industry leader in intelligence analytics
and fraud detection, in 2009. The combined i2/KCC company was acquired by IBM in 2011 for $5
Dr. Chen has also received numerous awards in information technology and knowledge management
education and research including: AT&T Foundation Award, SAP Award, the Andersen Consulting
Professor of the Year Award, the University of Arizona Technology

Innovation Award, and the National
Tung University Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was also named Distinguished Alumnus by
SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Chen had served as a keynote or invited speaker in major international security
informatics, medical informa
tics, information systems, knowledge management, and digital library
conferences and major international government meetings (NATO, UN, EU, FBI, CIA, DOD, DHS). He had
served as Distinguished/Honorary Professor of several major universities in Taiwan and C
hina (including
Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and was named the Distinguished
University Chair Professor of the National Taiwan University. Dr. Chen had served as the Program Chair
of the International Conference on Informa
tion Systems (ICIS) 2009, held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Noshir Contractor

Northwestern University

Sasha Costanza

Sasha Costanza
Chock is Assistant Professor of Civic Media in the Comparative Media Studies program at
the Massachussetts Institute of Tech
nology ( He is a Fellow at the Berkman Center
for Internet & Society at Harvard University ( and co
Principal Investigator
at the Center for Civic Media ( More information about his wor
k can be found at:

Mario Diani


Diani is currrently ICREA Research Professor in the Department of Political and Social

Sciences of
the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.He has worked extensively on social movements and on social

approaches to collective action. His publications include

(with Donatella della
Porta, Blackwell, 1999 and 2006),
ovements and

edited with Doug McAdam,
Oxford UP, 2003), and articles in leading

journals such as
American Sociological Review, American
Journal of Sociology, Social Networks, Theory and Society,


Marya Doerfel

Marya L. Doerfel (Associate Professor, Rutgers University). My research focuses on
qualities of
social network relationsh
ips impact organizations and their relational environments. I analyze network
interactions and the content of communication to develop models of grass roots and community level
development. With few exceptions, my research takes place in the field. I have
communication and network assessments inside organizations and in areas in which major
transformation has affected interorganizational alliances or when such alliances facilitate
transformation. Such work has been conducted in Croatia, during the

country's political transformation,
in New Orleans, USA, following the devastation of physical and social infrastructures as a result of
Hurricane Katrina, and most recently, in Kabul Afghanistan, where a nascent community of media


Janet Fulk

Janet Fulk

is a Professor of Communications in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
and Professor of Management &

Organization in the Marshall School of Business at the University of
Southern California. Her publications include
Policing Hawthorne

(2001, with Gregory Patton and Peter
Shaping Organizational Form: Communication, Connection and Community

Gerardine DeSanctis), and
Organizations and Communication Technology

(1990, with Charles Steinfield),
which won the best book award from the National Communication Association in 1990.

Her research
articles and chapters cover topics including knowledg
e networks, information technology for strategic
alliance networks, social aspects of knowledge and distributed intelligence, social media use, networking
strategies of nongovernmental organizations, and online communities. Her research has been
by a series of grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as private corporations
and governmental organizations. She is a Fellow of both The Academy of Management and the
International Communication Association.

Brayden King

Brayden King has b
een at the Kellogg School of Management since 2008. Professor King's research
focuses on organizational politics and how social movement activists influence corporate governance,
organizational change, and legislative policymaking. He also studies the ways

in which the organizational
identities of social movement organizations and businesses emerge and transform in response to their
institutional environments. His research has appeared in the
American Journal of Sociology, American
Sociological Review, Admi
nistrative Science Quarterly,
Social Forces

Kristina Lerman

Kristina Lerman is a Project Leader at the USC Information Sciences Institute and holds a joint
appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Compu
Science Department. Her research focuses on applying network

and machine learning
based methods
to problems in social computing and social media analysis.



Steven Livingston is a professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs
at The George
Washington University. He holds joint appointments in the School of Media and Public Affairs and the
Elliott School of International Affairs.

In recent years,
his research and teaching have focused on
information communication technology (ICT) and collective action in developing regions of the world.
Among his more recent publications are
Africa’s Evolving Infosystems: A Pathway to Security and


(NDU Press 2011) and
When the Press Fails:

Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to

(with W. Lance Bennett and Regina Lawrence, University of Chicago Press, 2007).

He is currently
working on a second phase of research on ICT and
collective action in Africa. He is also co
editing a book
on collective action and governance in areas of limited statehood. Oxford University Press will publish
the book in 2012.

In 1990, Livingston completed a Ph.D. in political science at the Univer
sity of Washington in Seattle and
joined the faculty of The George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1991. Livingston has been
a Social Science Research Council Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, a Fulbright Scholar, and a
Shorenstein Fello
w at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Livingston has spoken
at dozens of think tanks and agencies, including the Brookings Institution; Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace; the U.S. Institute for Peace; European Institute of D
iplomacy, Vienna; the Foreign
Service Institute; the U.S. Department of State; and at universities and think tanks in Europe, the Middle
East, and Africa. He has appeared on CNN, CNNI, ABC, CBC, BBC, al Jazeera, al Jazeera International and
many other news

organizations commenting on public policy and politics. He has also been quoted in
The Wall Street Journal

the Washington Post

The Economist
, and many other newspapers around the
world. He has consulted for a variety of NGOs, mostly in Africa. Most r
ecently, he served as an advisor
to an ICT
based community mobilization pilot project in Edo State in Nigeria. In the last three years,
Livingston has visited about thirty countries, including many in Africa and Latin America, as well as India,
Iraq, and
Afghanistan. Most of these visits concerned his work in ICT, collective action, and governance.

Gilad Lotan

Gilad Lotan is the VP of Research and Development at SocialFlow, a New York City company that uses
science and real
time data to help businesses

earn greater attention and engagement on Twitter and
Facebook. Previously, Gilad served as a program manager at Microsoft's FUSE labs. Past work includes
'Retweet Revolution', visualizing the flow of information during the 2009 #IranElection riots, and a
IJOC study investigating the relationship between mainstream media and social media channels during
the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. Gilad's work has been presented at TED, IXDA, Summit Series,
Berkeley BCNM, Boston Book Festival, and published

Sofus Macskássy

Sofus A. Macskássy

is a Sr. Computer Scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of
Southern California. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University in 2003. After
graduating, Dr. Macskassy spent a few years at the NYU Stern Schoo
l of Business as a Research
Associate, getting more involved with financial news and social networks. He joined Fetch Technologies
in 2005, where he was the Director of Fetch Labs, their R&D division. His work spans a wide area of
research and domains, i
ncluding social media analytics, where he is extracting and analyzing user
profiles and behaviors from Twitter. He is also applying statistical relational learning techniques to
study classification of relational data. For example, he has studied how to
combine text and links for
better classification, identification of suspicious entities in social networks, among others. His main
research areas include statistical relational learning, information filtering, data mining and social
network analysis. He
serves on the editorial board of the
Machine Learning Journal
, the premier
machine learning journal in the world. He is also the primary developer and maintainer of the open
source Network Learning Toolkit for Statistical Relational Learning.

Michael Ma

Cornell University

Filippo Menczer

Filippo Menczer is a professor of informatics and computer science, adjunct professor of physics, and a
member of the cognitive science program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds a Laurea in
Physics from th
e University of Rome and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the
University of California, San Diego. Dr. Menczer has been the recipient of Fulbright, Rotary Foundation,
and NATO fellowships, and a Career Award from the National Science

Foundation. He currently serves
as director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research. He previously served as division
chair in the IUB School of Informatics and Computing, as Fellow
large of the Santa Fe Institute, and as
Lagrange Seni
or Fellow at the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Torino, Italy. His research
is supported by the NSF, DARPA, and the McDonnell Foundation. It focuses on Web science, social
networks, social media, social computation, Web mining, distribu
ted and intelligent Web applications,
and modeling of complex information networks.

Peter Monge

Peter Monge is Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Professor
of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Busi
ness, University of Southern California.
He has published five books on communication networks, organizational communication, and research
methods. His theoretical and
articles are in the areas of organizational communication
networks, evolutiona
ry and ecological theory, collaborative information systems, globalization, and
methods. He is a fellow
and former president of the International Communication Association
1998) and a
former editor of
Communication Research

(1986 to 1993).
He has received numerous
awards including the Distinguished Scholar award from the Organizational Communication and
Information Systems Division of the Academy of Management, the Research Award from the
Organizational Communication Division of the National

Communication Association, and the B. Aubrey
Fisher Mentorship Award and the Steven H. Cha
ffee Career Productivity Award
from the International
Communication Association.

Karine Nahon

Karine Nahon is an associate professor at the
Information School
, Director of the
Virality of Informati
(retroV) research group

and a member of the
Social Media Lab (SoMe Lab)
, former director of the
Center for Information & Society
, adjunct faculty at the
department of Communication

and affiliated
faculty at
Center for Communication and Civic Engagement

at University of Washington. Her
research focuses on information politics and policy. More specifically, she deals with three areas of
study that ar
e intertwined: (1) information flows and network gatekeeping; (2) digital divide/s and
inequalities; and (3) cultured technology. Her academic background is rooted in multiple disciplines:
Political Science, Computer Science, information science and Manage
ment of Information Systems. Her
papers are published in top
tier journals and she developed well
recognized theoretical frameworks like
Network Gatekeeping Theory. She serves as an expert in decision
making forums (nationally and
internationally) that rel
ate to Internet and information technology policy and represents Israel in the UN
in the Committee for Science and Technology.

More can be found on her homepage


Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers is University Professor and holds the Chair in New Media & Digital Culture at the
University of Amsterdam. He is Director of, the group responsible for the Issue Cr
awler and
other info
political tools, and the Digital Methods Initiative, reworking method for Internet research.
Among other works, Rogers is author of
Information Politics on the Web

(MIT Press, 2004), awarded the
best book of the year by the American So
ciety of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). His latest
Digital Methods
, is to be published by MIT Press.

Lisa Servon

Lisa J. Servon is Professor of Urban Policy and

Management and former dean of The Milano School of
International Affairs,

Management and Urban Policy at The New School. Her research focuses on
community economic development, urban poverty,

alternative financial systems, and issues of gender
and race. She is the author of two books:
Bootstrap Capital: Microenterprises and the

American Poor

(Brookings Institution Press1999); and
Bridging the Digital Divide: Community, Technology and Public

(Blackwell 2001); and a co
editor of
Gender and Planning: A Reader,

as well as

numerous articles
and working papers

Michelle Shumat

Michelle Shumate is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of
Illinois at Urbana
Champaign. She is the director of Interorganizational Networks (ITO) research group at
the University of Illinois.

She is investigating
the dynamics of interorganizational networks designed to
impact large social issues. Specifically, her research team is developing and testing theories to visualize,
understand, and enable effective interorganizational networks in a variety of contexts inc
nongovernmental organization (NGO)
corporate partnerships, development and disease NGOs, expert
NGO partnerships in sustainable development, and interorganizational networks for healthy

Professor Shumate has published or presented over

40 research papers dealing with
communication and organizing. Her research has been published in
Human Communication Research,

Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Management Communication Quarterly,

and the
Journal of Communication
. She was aw
arded a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a
Beckman Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois. In addition, Professor
Shumate’s forthcoming work on social entrepreneurs and their networks was funded by the Academy

Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois. Professor Shumate has served on the editorial
boards of the
Journal of Applied Communication Research, the Journal of Communication, Management
Communication Quarterly,

and the
Journal of Intern
ational and Intercultural Communication.

Shumate holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern
California and a Bachelor’s Degree from Pepperdine University. She was on the faculty at North Dakota
State U
niversity prior to joining University of Illinois in 2006.

Cynthia Stohl

Cynthia Stohl

is Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an
affiliate faculty member of the Center for Information Technology and Society. Her work focuses on
organizing and network processes across a wide range of global contexts
, including corporate

partnerships, activist organizing, and clandestine organizations. A signature of Stohl’s work is global
connectivity, and her empirical studies span several countries in Europe and Asia as well as New Zealand
and the United States
. Her interests in communication technologies arose from her studies of boundary
permeability and emerging networks in workplace participation programs, organizational collaborations,
and the contemporary global social
justice movement. Stohl has published

extensively in
communication and organizational studies and is the author of
Organizational Communication:
Connectedness in Action

(Sage, 1995) and
Collective Action in Organizations:

Interaction and
Engagement in an Era of Technological Change
, co author
ed with Bruce Bimber and Andrew Flanagin
(Cambridge University Press, 2012).

She is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and
the President
elect of the International Communication Association.


Ernest James Wilson
III, Ph.D., is Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and dean of the Annenberg
School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is also a professor of
political science, a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplo
macy at the Annenberg School, a
member of the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a member of the National
Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He served on the

board of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting fro
m 2000 to 2010, the last year as

chairman. With an academic
focus on the convergence of communication and information technology, public policy, and the public
interest, Dean Wilson is a student of the “information champions,” the leaders of the

revolution around the world. His current work concentrates on China
Africa relations, global

innovation in high
technology industries, and the role of politics in the diffusion of information

communication technologies. In addition to his

most recent books

Governing Global Electronic
Negotiating the Net: The

Politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa

Dean Wilson co
edits the
MIT Press series
The Information Revolution

and Global Politics
and the journal
Technologies and International Development

Nominated by President Clinton in 2000, Dean Wilson served on the board of the Corporation for Public

Broadcasting until November 2010. He founded the board’s New Digital Media Committee and Public

Initiative Committee. He is a member of the Carnegie
Knight Commission on the Future of

Journalism Education and The National Academies Board on Research Data and Information. He was

director of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission from
1994 to 1995. Dean Wilson’s
other government experience includes service as director of International Programs and

Resources on
the National Security Council at the White House (1993

94) and director of the Policy and

Planning Unit,
Office of the Director,

U.S. Information Agency (1994). He advised President Obama’s

transition team on
matters of communication technology and public diplomacy.

Formerly a professor and senior research scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dean

was direc
tor of that university’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management

1995 to 2002. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and the
University of

Pennsylvania. Dean Wilson is the recipient of numerous resear
ch fellowships and awards,
including the Distinguished

Scholar Award from the International Communication section of the ISA, an
International Affairs Fellowship

from the Council on Foreign Relations and a postdoctoral fellowship at
the Kennedy School of G

at Harvard University. He serves on the editoral advisory board for
Demand Media, a leader in online content

creation and social media. Originally from Washington, D.C.,
Dean Wilson earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the


of California, Berkeley, and
a B.A. from Harvard College.

Qingyuan Yue

Lori Yue is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the USC Marshall School of
Business. She studies economic sociology and organizational theory, especially
the evolution of market
institutions and market structure. Her recent research investigates topics such as (1) the endogenous
failure of private regulation in the New York commercial banking market around 1900, (2) the
contemporary community protests again
st Walmart in the US, and (3) the social construction of
interorganizational networks during the Inter
net Bubble period. Lori received

her PhD from the
Columbia Business School in 2010. Her dissertation was a finalist in the 2009 INFORMS Organization
nce Dissertation Proposal Competition. Lori has published in journals such as

American Journal of
Sociology, American Sociological Review,


Organization Science.