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Principle Investigators


Jessica Vitak (PhD, Michigan State University) is an assistant professor in the iSchool and affiliate professor in the Communication Department. Her research interests focus on how people are using new communication technologies to enhance their relationships, as well as how they manage the tensions between privacy and disclosure when interacting with others in these spaces. For more information, see her website or email her directly.

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Mega Subramaniam (PhD, Florida State University) is an Associate Professor at the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. She is the Associate Director for the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of information and new media literacies that are essential to STEM learning among underserved young people.  For more information, see her website or email her directly.


yuting-liaoYuting Liao is a PhD student in the iSchool. She received her Master’s degree from Georgetown’s Communication, Culture and Technology program in 2015. Yuting’s research focuses on privacy in the context of digital health and political engagement. She also studies online communities using Social Network Analysis and computational linguistics. For more information, see her website or email her directly.

Priya Kumar is a PhD student in the iSchool. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2014. Priya’s research focuses on how parents and children negotiate technology and privacy. For more information, see her website or email her directly.


Advisory Board Members

Irene Padilla, Assistant State Superintendent for Libraries, Division of Library Development & Services, and State Librarian of Maryland

Miguel Figueroa, Director, Center for the Future of Libraries

Dr. Denise Agosto, Drexel University. Research Expertise: youth information behaviors including privacy practices, public libraries, multicultural issues in youth library services.

Dr. Sarita Schoenebeck, University of Michigan. Research Expertise: parents and their children’s use of technology in home and school contexts.

Dr. Vikki Katz, Rutgers University. Research Expertise: strategies that immigrant families develop to learn about and understand their local environments and to address their needs.

Dr. Kelly Caine, Clemson University. Research Expertise:  health informatics, privacy, human-computer interaction (HCI), and designing for special populations.

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