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Young Anna Argyris

Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information


Leader of the research team. Dr. Argyris holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on organizational use of social media to connect disparate parties, such as customers, communities, shareholders, and policy-makers. For these studies, she applies a blend of self-reported methods and analytical approaches.


Tongxin Li

Graduate Student in the Department of Media and Information


Tongxin's research interests include Human-Computer interaction, social media, communication psychology, and the applicant of big data technology. Her role in this team has consisted of conducting research and literature review, writing, survey design, data cleaning, and data processing. In her free time, Tongxin enjoys playing Switch games.


Mimi (Shiyao) Liu

Graduate Student in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations


Mimi is a first-year graduate student in the advertising and public relations program. She is interested in big data, social media, digital analytics, AI-power communication and strategic communication. Mimi received her B.S. in Journalism with a concentration of from Central Michigan University (2020). Her role in the team includes literature review, data collection and support, and administrative duties. 


Victoria Nelson

Ph.D. Student in the Department of Media and Information

Victoria Nelson is a doctoral student in the Information and Media program. She is interested in the intersection of health, emerging technology, and the law. Specifically, she is interested in blockchain and artificial intelligence in healthcare settings, especially when applied to those with chronic illnesses. Victoria received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Michigan State University College of Law (2020) and her B.S. in Supply Chain Management and Political Science from The University of Tennessee (2017). Her duties include writing and preparing manuscripts, review of literature, and other administrative duties.


Nan Zhang

Ph.D. Student in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations


Nan is a second-year doctoral student in the Information and Media program. Her research focuses on exploring how brands use social media to target their audience. She is also interested in using machine learning to make predictions about brand performance on social media. Before joining Michigan State, she completed her Master of Science (2018) in Computer Science and Master of Art (2020) in Digital Storytelling at Ball State University. Her job in the lab includes data collection and processing from Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram.



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Johannes M Bauer, Ph.D.

Quello Chair in Media and Information Policy, College of Communication Arts and Science, Michigan State University


Johannes M. Bauer is a researcher, writer, teacher, and academic entrepreneur. He is interested in the digital economy next-generation media. His position as Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy facilitates the pursuit of rigorous and actionable research. Educated as an engineer and social scientist, he obtained advanced degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. Dr. Bauer's ongoing research focuses on digital innovation (Internet of Things, 5G wireless), digital entrepreneurship (both for-profit and social), and governance challenges. His work greatly has greatly benefited from collaboration with students and practitioners in many countries and regions.

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Grant Blank, 

Departmental Lecturer at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Grant Blank is a Departmental Lecturer at the OII. He was a Survey Research Fellow until August 2020. He received the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association in 2015. This award recognizes a sustained body of research that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communication, information technology, and media sociology. Grant Blank's work focuses on the social and cultural implications of the Internet and new media, quantitative and qualitative methods, and cultural sociology. 

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Gee-Woo (Gilbert) BOCK, Ph.D.

Professor of School of Global Business, Sungkyunkwan University


Gee-Woo Bock joined Business School at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Seoul, Korea, in September 2006 where he is currently a professor. Since 2002, he has received approximately $300,000 of research grants as a PI. Gee-Woo has served ‘Information and Management’ as an AE since 2012. His current research focuses on Knowledge Management, Information Avoidance, Fake News Management, Influencer Marketing, and Business Intelligence. Gee-Woo won SKKU Young Fellowship, a university wide research award, in 2012, and the Mirae Asset Best Researcher Award by Korean Business Society which is the most renowned nation-wide association for business administration scholars and practitioners in Korea, in 2018. 

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Shelia R. Cotten, Ph.D.

MSU Foundation Professor, College of Communication Arts and Science, Michigan State University


Shelia R. Cotten is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the life course and the social, educational, and health impacts of that use. She conducts large-scale community based intervention studies designed to use technology to enhance various aspects of quality of life. She is the past Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) and the 2013 recipient of the Public Sociology Award from the CITASA section of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Cotten enjoys teaching courses on the social impacts of technology, survey research, and research methods. 


B. Keith English, M.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, College of Human Medicine


Dr. English earned his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. English began his professor's career in 1990, and has made important contributions to society. In 2009, he played a leading role in helping the Memphis community respond to the H1N1 influenza A pandemic – he was honored for these efforts with the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2010 “Pediatrician of the Year” award. In 2013, he was recruited to chair the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at MSU. He is a member of the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

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Nadarajasundaram Ganesh, Ph.D

Senior Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology department with NORC at the University of Chicago


Nadarajasundaram Ganesh, Ph.D., is a Senior Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology department with NORC at the University of Chicago. Ganesh has responsibility for survey weighting, population control totals, survey data analysis, and developing statistical models and estimation methodology. He is the lead statistician for deriving population control totals for the National Immunization Survey. Ganesh has extensive experience in developing and applying statistical models. He has used small area models to derive county-level vaccination coverage rates using the National Immunization Survey. In collaboration with the National Center for Health Statistics, Ganesh was the lead statistician in developing small area models for state-level estimation of the cell-phone only population. 


Robert M. Jacobson, M.D.

Medical Director of Population Health Science Program, Mayo Clinic's Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery


Robert M. Jacobson leads Mayo's Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative. To improve patient health, the ECH initiative created a base of investigation for the study of population-based interventions. The Population Health Science Program will lead these investigations. The joint efforts will involve the direct participation of our community of patients and their families, our ECH consulting and allied health staff, and the Population Health Science Program. His main focus areas include population-based interventions that improve vaccination delivery, stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial design and population health concerns and solutions. 

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Fan Jiang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Science, University of Northern British Columbia


Dr. Fan Jiang received both his MSc and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. His research areas include big data mining, association rule mining, frequent pattern mining, social network mining, sentiment analysis, machine learning, and data visualization.


Tisa Johnson, M.D.

Pediatric of Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Johnson-Hooper has been practicing pediatrics for over 20 years at New Center One. She is the medical director for the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) as well as one of the providers for the CADD multidisciplinary diagnostic team. In furtherance of her commitment to CYSHCN, her practice quality improvement efforts have focused on a patient’s transition from a pediatrics to an adult approach to healthcare, developmental screening and integrative behavioral health initiatives. Moreover, Dr. Johnson-Hooper has presented at numerous domestic and international venues and is a respected leader in her areas of practice.

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Yongsuk Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Information Systems, Business School, Sungkyunkwan University


Prior to joining Sungkyunkwan University, he has worked at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in HCI from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His research focuses on the exchanges of resources in online communities, enterprise social media, and crowdsourcing/crowdfunding platforms particularly from the knowledge sharing and social network perspective.  


Dongwon Lee, Ph.D.

Professor in College of Information Science and Technology, Penn State University

Dongwon Lee is an associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (a.k.a. iSchool) of The Pennsylvania State University, USA. From 2014 to 2017, he has also served as a program director at National Science Foundation (NSF), co-managing cybersecurity programs such as SFS and SaTC with the yearly budget of $55M. He researches broadly in Data Science, in particular, on the management of and mining in data in diverse forms including structured records, text, multimedia, social media, and Web. He is also interested in applying the human computation framework to solve data science problems, and detecting/curbing challenging online frauds using machine learning techniques. He leads the PIKE (Penn State Information Knowledge and web) research group.

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Jiying Ling, Ph.D., RN

Associate professor of the College of Nursing, Michigan State University


Dr. Ling's overall program of research focuses on preventing overweight and obesity among low-income children to help reduce the persistent obesity disparities by socioeconomic status via promoting healthy dietary intake and physical activity.


Kafu Monu

Assistant Professor in Prince George Campus, University of Northern British Columbia

Dr. Kafui Monu's work focuses on understanding, determining and analyzing requirements for information systems involving human decision-making. His work spans the development of systems and processes for disaster management, marketing simulations, financial services, customer relationship management, and gamification. He is the President of the AIS Special Interest Group on Game Design and Research, and has hosted several conference tracks on the subject.


Aziz Muqaddam, 

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication, University of San Diego


Aziz Muqaddam is an assistant professor of Strategic Communication at University of San Diego. He has been hired recently for the position to oversee the development of strategic communication courses within the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Muqaddam is a recent graduate of the Media Studies PhD Program at Michigan State University, where he was active in research and course-development projects. His research draw from multiple fields such as media studies, evolutionary psychology, marketing, and media design. His current research project centers on how status-seeking affects charitable behavior online and offline, and how to strategically convert virtual connections into real-live transactions.


Yakov Sigal, M.D.

General Pediatricians, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development


Dr. Sigal has been with MSU's general pediatric practice since July 1999. He enjoys taking care for children of all ages and has a special interest in the care of children with complex medical issues and international adoptees. Dr. Sigal also practices in Ingham Community Health Centers that provide medical care to low income and medically under-served people in the community.

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Michael Stern, Ph.D.

Department Chairperson, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University


Before moving to MSU, Dr. Stern served as the Director of the Web and Emerging Technologies Initiative and as a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. Previously, he served as a tenured professor of sociology at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, and before that at Oklahoma State University. He was recruited to NORC at the University of Chicago from his previous position in order to build their research capabilities in web and emerging technologies, data science, innovative, technologically based research methods, and survey methodology by means of experimental work, mentorship of junior faculty, administration and a directorship of an initiative focused on web and emerging technologies. 


Pang-Ning Tan, Ph.D.

Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Tan’s research focuses on the development of novel data mining algorithms for a broad range of applications, including the spread of health misinformation on social media. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has published over 236 manuscripts, which have been cited over 25,000 times (According to Google Scholar, 2019).


Valeta Wensloff 

Undergraduate Director for the Department of Media + Information

Valeta collaborates with faculty to facilitate communicating high-level research information to lay audiences by designing public-facing graphical assets such as brochures, posters and websites for grants, publications, events and community outreach. Ms. Wensloff has more than 20 years of expertise in website and graphic design.

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Anping Xiong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology

Prior to Penn State, she obtained her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences and MS degree in Industrial Engineering: Human Factors from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Her advisor is Professor Robert W. Proctor. Her primary research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of decision-making and cybersecurity and privacy. She designs and conducts online and laboratory human subject experiments to obtain quantitative and qualitative measures of human performance in various cybersecurity and privacy settings.