Recruiting Areas – Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies (PhD)

Today’s hardest social and technical problems have information at their core. We’re seeking PhD students who have hard, unanswered questions about information problems. We are specifically recruiting PhD students with interests in the areas of:

Accessible Design

  • Design of learning environments
  • Web accessibility
  • Accessible information architecture
  • Universal design
  • Accessibility
  • Sign language

Human-Computer Interaction

  • HCI & AI
  • Virtual/Augmented/Mixed reality
  • Visualization and Visual Analytics
  • Human AI teams
  • AI and teamwork
  • Human-centered machine learning

Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • Usable privacy and security
  • Internet of Things
  • Privacy and trust
  • Social media sensing
  • Hacker studies
  • Sociotechnical approaches to cybersecurity
  • Cyber risk and effects

Computational Research

  • Computational journalism
  • Data mining
  • Critical data/algorithm studies

Applied Machine Learning

  • Smart cities

Social Studies of Technology

  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Infrastructure
  • Social computing
  • Technology ethics, values in design
  • Data ethics and critical data studies
  • Future of work
  • Technology, inequality, and marginalization (especially race, class, and gender)
  • Social justice
  • Social influence and disinformation
  • Critical studies of the corporation
  • History of technology
  • Technology policy
  • Public-private partnerships

Health Informatics

  • Consumer health information behavior
  • Health-related information seeking
  • Health justice
  • Health disparities
  • Health literacy
  • Personal informatics

Collections and Memory

  • Archival studies
  • Digital archives
  • Computational archival science
  • Digital heritage
  • Digital/data curation
  • Digital humanities


  • Youth eXperience (YX)
  • Youth learning and digital literacy
  • Learning in informal settings (i.e., libraries, home, virtual spaces, etc.)
  • Education

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