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current.research

Developing a Culturally Compelling Social Network Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention for African American College Students

 

Women of Distinction

 

Practical Logic of STEM Career Choice: A Critical Interpretive Approach to Profiling IT Career Pathways of African American Males at HBCUs

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professional.organizations

  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems (SIGMIS)
  • International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 8.2 (IFIP 8.2)
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  • The PhD Project

last updated: September 2015

Advising

current students ||former students

I work with an ecclectic mix of undergraduate and graduate students specializing in diverse research areas including the social impacts of technology, the design of software and research approaches that support community computing and collaboration, the usability and usefulness of health information for tailored for women, the creation of emacipatory pedagogies and criticalframeworks for engaging with digital multimedia, and the use of technology to maintain romantic relationships.

current.students

doctoral.dissertations

Kayla

Kayla Booth
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Advisor)

This interpretive study examines how young people assess the quality of fitness information found on social media. The relationship between intersections of mulitiple identity characteristics (race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomoic class) are theorized.

Lizz

Elizabeth Eikey
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Advisor)

This research examines technologies for health, wellness, and eating disorders. Eikey studies how various design elements affect users' beliefs and behaviors, and how people use technology.

James

David James
PhD, Information Studies, Syracuse University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

This study seeks to determine whether optimal collaborations called group flow experiences can happen in groups of musicians writing songs in an online music composition community. Specifically, the research will describe how and why social practices and digital tools impact a groupÕs ability to achieve flow.

Tamara

Tamara Peyton
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Tamara's research uses human developmen and lifecourse theory to examine how technology can be used to support, extend and augment the information and support relationship of pregancy health professionals and expecting couples.

Robinson

Harold Robinson
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Mr. Robinson's dissertation examines nonprofit participation in a Web 2.0 community portal implementation project.

Sloan Fellows

Alex

Alex Ororbia
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Thesis Advisor)

Megan

Megan Wilkerson
PhD, Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, Pennsylvania State University
(Thesis Advisor)

masters.theses

Anthony

Anthony Pinter
MS, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Thesis Advisor)

Mr. Pinter's research examines identity performance and perception in online communities. He has also served as a research assistant on an NSF sponsored project that examines adolescent online safety and another that examines crowdsourcing the construction of an online cyberlaw textbook.

 

former.students

doctoral.dissertations

Cain

Curtis Cain (2016)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

This study identifies and analyzes the individual, institutional and societal factors both that support and undermine the achievement of Black males completing IT degrees and entering the workforce. In addition, the study addresses coping mechanisms used by Black males when presented with stereotypes while pursuing an IT degree.

Levy

Anna Levy (2015)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

This research centers on issues related to development of local eGovernment in small college towns in Pennsylvania. This study explores how the design, online content and functionality of several municipal government websites have been shaped in response to shifts in administrative policies, goals and priorities of local government as well as, possibly, town-gown connections.

Lockett

Alexandria Lockett(2013)
PhD, English with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Lockett's research traces conceptual transformations of the word "leak," through a genealogy of emerging mass communication technologies and its novel genres. An analysis of rhetorical objects and practices such as memoirs, personal correspondence, news reports, contemporary fiction, and whistleblowing, and hacking, identifies and evaluates some of the psychological and cultural impacts of humans and organizations struggling to manage emerging technologies in global and situated contexts. This study links these challenges to rhetoric and composition pedagogy, and proposes that grammar is a productive site of comprehending major technological and cultural shifts and generating novel meanings about large-scale effects. She applies these interests to teaching and learning artistic and technical skills shaping new media, its constraints and possibilities..

Khanal

Heidi Webb (2013)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Webb's research uses the educational strategy of scaffolded examples to engage middle school girls in computer activities, while also introducing and building an
understanding of computational thinking concepts and skills. The outcomes measured include enhanced feelings
of computer self-efficacy and improved attitudes about careers that involve computing.

Khanal

Navadeep Khanal (2013)
PhD, Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Khanal uses discourses found in postcolonial theory to create a conceptual framework to guide research and practice in Community Informatics.

Faris

Michael Faris (2012)
PhD, English with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, Pennsylvania State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Faris' dissertation investigates privacy in relationship to digital technologies—specifically the social dynamics surrounding the development, use, and adaption of new communication technologies and the affordances and complications of social media technologies.

kayla hales

Kayla Hales (2011)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Chair)

Dr. Hales' dissertation research examines the use and impacts of CMC in pre-established, monogamous, romantic relationships.

Sheena

Sheena Lewis (2012)
PhD, Technology and Social Behavior, Northwestern University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

DR. Lewis is exploring how technologies can be embedded in particular socio-cultural environments to encourage collaborative pro-social behavior. Specifically, she is interested in designing technologies that increase collaboration amongst groups, teams, and communities to solve social issues by considering social, cultural, and economic contexts as well as socio-technical infrastructures. Her dissertation examines how Chicago communities use technologies to address violent crime in their neighborhoods.

Louis-Marie

Louis-Marie Ngamassi Tchouakeu (2011)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Ngamassi's research examines interorganizational effectivesness in a social network of non-governmental agencies collaborating on projects to provide humanitarian aid.

Mithu

Mithu Bhattacharya (2010)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Co- Chair)

Dr. Bhattacharya's research examines factors that influence the adoption of RFID, the challenges and benefitsof RFID, business processes that are positively influenced by the use of RFID, and relevant value chain activities that could be improved by RFID usage.

MiMi

MiMi Zhang (2010)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Zhang's uses both quantitative and qualitative methods (time series analysis, social network analysis, and content analysis) to examine the use of micro-blogging to manage a company's brand and communicate with its customers.

jing chong

Jing Chong (2010)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Chair)

Dr. Chong's research examines women's information needs and selectivity for HIV/AIDS prevention on the U.S. government health websites.

joey lee

Joey Lee (2009)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

In this Design-Based Research (DBR) dissertation study, Dr. Lee designs, builds, and tests a Serious Game design that he calls Identity Supportive Games (ISGs).  His ISG allows players to explore Asian-American identities in relation to ethnic stereotypes.

edgar maldonado

Edgar Maldonado (2009)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Maldonado's research examines open source software and eGovernment initiatives in Venezuela.

frank igwe

C. Frank Igwe (2008)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Chair)

Dr. Igwe's  research examines how African Americans utilize weblogs to create virtual “third places”, as a means to rebuild aspects of community that are lacking in their real-world communities.

julio ortiz

Julio Ortiz (2008)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Ortiz research examines municipal wi-fi and its impact on the digital divide.

allison morgan

Allison Morgan (2008)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Morgan's research examines the ways in which individual differences influence health information seeking.

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Sungwook Kim (2008)

PhD, Telecommunications, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Kim's research examines the influence of universal service telecommunication policy on internet diffusion in Korea.

jeria quesenberry

Jeria Quesenberry (2007)
PhD, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Quesenberry's research examines individual differences among women, and their impact on IT career anchors.

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Young Shin Cho (2007)
PhD, Telecommunications, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr.Cho's research examines factors such as media ownership and competition on the diversity of content on broadcast television.

andre brock

Andre Brock (2007)
PhD, Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Brock's research examines black identity expressed through the linguistic practices of black bloggers reporting on Hurricane Katrina.

matt kelly

Matt Kelley (2007)
Phd, Geography, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Kelley's research employs utopian theory as a basis for developing and assessing IT-enabled action research projects in economically distressed urban communities.

Jennifer

Jennifer Warren (2006)
PhD, Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Warren's research interests include web-based health communication and prevention, health information seeking and identity, health disparities, African American health, substance use, community based participatory research.

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JJ Hsieh (2005)
PhD, Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University
(Dissertation Committee Member)

Dr. Hseih's dissertation research integrates the theory of planned behavior, motivation theory, social learning theory, and diffusion of innovation to examine key factors that lead to inequality in the access and use of broadband internet.

 

masters.theses

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Sarah Almoaiqel (2015)
MS, Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University
(Thesis Committee Member)

Ms. Almoaiqel's study examines the challenges and enablers to ICT integration in Saudi Arabian girl's schools.

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MS, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Committee Member)

Mr. Bajpai's primary research goal is to delineate a framework informed with a social movements lens and to demonstrate the framework by means of Twitter usage data related to the Thailand protests of 2010.

mike colibraro

Michael Colibraro (2008)
MS, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Committee Member)

Mr. Colibraro's research uses social informatics as a sensitizing framework to examine the production and consumption of fan art in the World of Warcraft.

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Nadhir Muntaka
MS, Information Sciences & Techology, Pennsylvania State University
(Advisor)

Mr. Muntaka's thesis research examines the use of mobile phones to support students' learning at a university in Ghana.

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Leslie Tu (2006)
MS, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Adviser)

Ms. Tu's research uses discourse analysis to examine the ways in which the digital divide discourse reproduces many of the themes found in scholarly theories on economic development.

 

Undergraduate Honors Theses

John Hatzell

Jack Hatzell (2017)
Schreyer Honors College and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Adviser)

Mr. Hartzell's thesis examines the design and development of a smartphone application to support college students in alcohol and drug addiction recovery.

Skylar Slotter

Skylar Slotter (2016)
Schreyer Honors College and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Adviser)

Ms. Slotter's thesis examines the under-representation of women in computing with a particular focus on how the team environment impacts persistence of women in the College of IST.

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Brenden Jeziorski (2008)
Schreyer Honors College and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Adviser)

Mr. Jeziorski's thesis examines the impact of digital divide programs in selected high schools.

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Jason Scott (2007)
Schreyer Honors College and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Adviser)

Mr. Scott's thesis examines the Business, Computers and Information Technology (BCIT) graduate programs that prepare and credential high school teachers in the state of Pennsylvania .

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Jason Lally (2006)
Schreyer Honors College and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
(Thesis Adviser)

Mr. Lally's thesis examines the use of communication technologies to support community organizing and social network formation in a farm-to-table initiative in State College, Pennsylvania.