Shawn Janzen

Shawn Janzen

PhD candidate
Patuxent 1109K

Shawn Janzen is a lecturer in the College of Information Studies. His research interests include how individuals and organizations create, choose to share, and adopt information that becomes part of the institutional knowledge, engagement, and administration. He focuses these interests on issues related to disruptive and emerging technologies, cybersecurity, ethics, networks, and public policy. Professionally, Shawn consulted for clients on organizational communications and digital strategy, transportation policy and government contracting, and data ethics. Shawn served in the U.S. Peace Corps in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as an NGO and institution developer. He was a researcher at the European Parliament, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and George Mason University. His nonprofit management work spans more than a decade, with service work advising several boards including ASPA chapters in DC and Chicago as well as the United Nations Association-USA Greater Chicago Chapter.  Shawn enjoys teaching methods courses and serving as a conduit for student success. He was twice awarded the Student's Choice Teaching Award in 2018 and 2019.

Research Interests

  • Policy informatics
  • Advancements in science & technology
  • Institutional knowledge generation, dissemination, and management
  • Information transparency, ethics, and accountability
  • Role of governments and international cooperation for innovation
  • Computational Social Science  
  • Sociotechnical Cybersecurity


  • INST 309 - Independent Study
  • INST 314 - Statistics for Information Science
  • INST 466 - Technology, Culture, and Society 
  • INST 627 - Data Analytics for Information Professionals

INST 314 and INST 627 are supported by DataCamp's Academic Classroom, an online learning platform for Data Science.


  • M.P.P. (Science & Technology Policy), American University
  • M.P.A. (International Public Management), DePaul University