CIP Principal investigators
CIP DIRECTOR | ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, INFORMATION SCHOOL
West is an associate professor at the Information School and the inaugural director of the new Center. He is a co-founder of the DataLab, the nexus for research on Data Science and Analytics. West develops data mining techniques for studying the Science of Science, where he investigates the origins of scholarly disciplines, the social and economic biases that drive these disciplines, and the impact of the current publication system. Currently, his research focuses on misinformation specifically in and about science.
PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF LAW
Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Professor in the School of Law at the University of Washington and holds courtesy appointments in the Information School and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. He is also a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans law, computer science, and information science. A well-known law and technology scholar, Calo has testified before the German Parliament, the California Little Hoover Commission, and the full Judiciary and Commerce Committees of the United States Senate. He has organized events on behalf of the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Obama White House, and spoken at Aspen Ideas Festival and NPR’s Weekend in Washington. Calo serves as an advisor to a wide range of organizations—including AI Now, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation—and is a board member of the R Street Institute.
SENIOR PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST, INFORMATION SCHOOL
Coward is Senior Principal Research Scientist at the University of Washington Information School, director of the Technology & Social Change Group, and co-founder of the Center for an Informed Public. Chris studies issues of information access, digital inclusion, digital skills, and civic engagement, primarily in resource-limited populations and countries. Much of his work focuses on these issues in the context of public libraries. His current work examines misinformation and civic discourse, with the aim of developing new library programs and services that respond to today’s more fractious information dynamics. He is interested in the integration of digital and physical spaces as a way of fostering more constructive engagements with information.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, INFORMATION SCHOOL
Spiro is an assistant professor at the Information School, a co-director of the Social Media Lab (SoMeLab) and a co-director of the DataLab. Spiro’s research involves the collection and analysis of large-scale social and behavioral data to answer key questions within the areas of sociology, information science, and social computing. Since early 2012, her work has focused on understanding information-related behaviors in the context of crisis events, including rumors, misinformation and collective sensemaking in online environments. This work has twice been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN & ENGINEERING
Starbird is associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. Her research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. One aspect of her research focuses on how online rumors spread during natural disasters and man-made crisis events. More recently, she has begun to focus on disinformation and other forms of strategic information operations online. In 2018, she received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research in this area.
PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Bergstrom’s research uses mathematical, computational, and statistical models to understand how information flows through biological and social systems. With Jevin West, Bergstrom created the Calling BS curriculum, which received international attention and is now being used at more than 70 universities around the world.
PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW
Fan’s research and teaching are informed by her experiences as a federal prosecutor and as an associate legal officer at a United Nations criminal tribunal. Her expertise includes U.S. and international criminal law and procedure, evidence, privacy, and immigration. She is the author of numerous articles and two books: Camera Power: Proof, Policing, Privacy, and Audiovisual Big Data (Cambridge University Press 2019) and Perilous Science: Persistence and Survival in Politically Dangerous Research Domains (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2020).
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON INFORMATION SCHOOL
Mitra is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School, where she leads the Social Computing research group. Her research focuses on studying and building large-scale social computing systems to understand and counter problematic information online. Her work employs a range of interdisciplinary methods from the fields of human computer interaction, data mining, machine learning, and natural language processing.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, PAUL G. ALLEN SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Roesner’s research focuses on computer security and privacy. Her interests are broad within that domain, but she is particularly excited about designing and building systems that address security and privacy challenges faced by end users of existing and emerging technologies.
CIP RESEARCH FELLOWS
SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON INFORMATION SCHOOL
Young’s research examines how individuals leverage digital technologies to engage in conversations across value and knowledge systems. This work contributes to understandings of how new digital strategies are being developed to produce, and marginalize, truths within and between different worldviews.
CIP POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS
Bak-Coleman’s research focuses on how the actions and interactions of group members give rise to broader patterns of collective action. He is particularly interested in understanding how communication technology alters collective decision-making and the spread of information. To ask these questions, he uses a combination of online experiments, observational data and mathematical modelling. Bak-Coleman earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Prior to working on human collective behaviour, he studied the behaviour of animal groups zebra herds to fish schools.
Koltai studies how groups’ use of sociotechnical systems affects decision making and information behavior. She researches information-seeking behaviors, trust assessment of information (and misinformation), and decision making with a focus on when people dissent from the scientific mainstream (e.g., vaccine dissent). She specifically focuses on how social networking sites and digital communities interact with information behavior practices. Koltai received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously worked in HCI and user experience researcher positions in government and industry labs.
Moran received her doctoral degree from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Her research explores the role of trust in digital information environments and is particularly concerned with how trust is implicated in the spread of mis- and dis-information. Her research has been published in Information, Communication & Society, Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice, Media, Culture & Society and Telecommunications Policy. Moran also holds a BA and an MA in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University and an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was the Oakley Endowed Fellow at USC for 2018-19 and the 2018 Benton Foundation Junior Scholar.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP, UW DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Hosein is the Director of the Communication Leadership master’s program at the University of Washington and the President of HRH Media Group LLC, a media production and communications strategy firm that has worked with organizations such as Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Tableau Software and the King County Prosecuting
HEAD OF CREATIVE STRATEGY, UW DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Stonehill joined the UW in 2010 as an Artist in Residence in the journalism program. He now works for Communication Leadership overseeing graduate student communication projects for local mission driven organizations. As an international journalist he worked in over a dozen countries, including Russia, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq, before founding and editing community journalism publication The Seattle Globalist.
SENIOR LECTURER, UW DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Crofts serves as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Communication Leadership graduate program. She is interested in the ways digital media and food build, sustain, and grow communities — in concert and on their own. Her courses include: story creation and social engagement, leadership and organizational design in the digital age, and the interplay of culture, identity, and communication.