photograph of kevin hamiltonKevin Hamilton, Co-Director

Kevin Hamilton is Associate Professor of New Media and Painting and directs the Program in New Media in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hamilton works as a historian, critic and producer in digital media forms to illuminate the role of mediation in modern approaches to self and society. His artworks have been displayed in festivals, museums and public spaces across Europe and North America. He holds the M.S. in Visual Studies from MIT and the B.F.A. (Painting) from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been supported by the US National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

photograph of karrie karahaliosKarrie Karahalios, Co-Director

Karrie Karahalios is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Karahalios completed a S.B. in electrical engineering, an M.Eng. in electrical engineering and computer science, and an S.M. and Ph.D in media arts and science at MIT. Her work focuses on the interaction between people and the social cues they perceive in networked electronic spaces. She received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Faculty Early-Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER) in the area of human-centered computing. In addition, she is two-time winner of the ACM Best Paper award for research on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) for her work on social media.

photograph of cedric langbortCedric Langbort, Co-Director

Faculty profile, Dept of Aerospace Engineering

Cedric Langbort is Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and in the Decision and Control Group at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on distributed decision and control theory and its application to large-scale public infrastructures. He received the Faculty Early-Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER) in the area of game theoretic approaches to cyber-security. He was previously a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for the Mathematics of Information, Caltech and holds the Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.

photograph of christian sandvigChristian Sandvig, Co-Director and Founder

Christian Sandvig is based at the University of Michigan, where he is an Associate Professor of Information in the School of Information. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Christian received the Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University and previously served as Markle Foundation Information Policy Fellow at Oxford University. He is a social scientist researching the role of public policy in the development of new communication infrastructures. He has been named a “next-generation leader in technology policy” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and he received the Faculty Early-Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER) in the area of human-centered computing.

Faculty Affiliates

photograph of sally jacksonSally Jackson

Faculty profile , Department of Communication

Sally Jackson is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a social scientist whose primary research interests are theories of argumentation and the educational use of communication technology. She has authored or co-authored three books and published over fifty academic journal articles and book chapters. Jackson’s research has received numerous awards, including the Woolbert Award and the Golden Anniversary Monograph award from the National Communication Association. She previously served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Provost of the University, where she oversaw 281 employees and $41m in annual expenditure authority. She holds the A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

photograph of joel cutcher-gershenfeldJoel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is Professor and Dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. Joel currently leads research on the alignment of stakeholders in complex engineered systems. Joel is also co-author of Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems (Oxford University Press, 2005), and the co-author or co-editor of six additional books, as well as over eighty-five articles on new work systems, organizational learning and change, public policy, economic development, engineering systems, and other topics. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, Joel served as a Senior Research Scientist in MIT’s Sloan School of Management and MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from MIT and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.


Cheol Gi Bae — New Media & Telecommunications Policy
Matt CrainMedia, Technology, Advertising, and Public Policy
Robin Guers Large-Scale Distributed Systems
Abhishek Gupta Game Theory and the Societal Impacts of New Technology
Kristen Guth Communication, Organizations, and Technology
Gabe McCoyLibrary and Information Science
Mary Pietrowicz Social Visualization and Visualization for Speech Therapy
Colin Rhinesmith Community Infrastructure, Civic Engagement, and Public Policy
Aimee Rickman Digital Media & Adolescence
David Soderberg Communication Technology & Social Behavior
Darren Stevenson Information & Communication Technology
ShinJoung Yeo Political Economy of the Global Search Engine Industry


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