CSMR Leadership

Paul Resnick, Director
Paul Resnick is the Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. He was a pioneer in the fields of recommender systems and reputation systems. The GroupLens system he helped develop was awarded the 2010 ACM Software Systems Award. He co-authored the book Building Successful Online Communities: Evidence-Based Social Design. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Michigan and a doctorate in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Disclosure: he currently serves as a part-time, paid consultant to Facebook.)

James Park, Assistant Director
James Park is the Assistant Director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan School of Information. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day alongside the CSMR Director, he also collaborates with stakeholders inside and outside of the U-M community to advance the Center's mission and research. He previously worked in U-M's Office of Academic Innovation, and he holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton and master's degrees from Yale.

Thomas Finholt, Executive Sponsor
Thomas Finholt is the Dean of the University of Michigan School of Information. His research focuses on: the energy costs of forming and maintaining social ties; computational mediation of trust in virtual organizations; and use of ultra-resolution collaboration environments.

CSMR Faculty Council

Ceren Budak, Assistant Professor of Information and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering. Dr. Budak's research interests lie in the area of computational social science; a discipline at the intersection of computer science, statistics, and the social sciences. She is particularly interested in applying large scale data analysis techniques to study problems with social, political, and policy implications.

Nicole Ellison, Karl E. Weick Collegiate Professor of Information and Professor of Information. Computer-mediated communication, mediated interpersonal interaction, self-presentation, use of social media in organizations, relationship initiation and maintenance in online contexts, virtual communities, social network sites, online dating sites, educational uses of new technologies, college access and social media. (Disclosure: she currently serves as a part-time, paid consultant to Facebook.)
Eric Gilbert, John Derby Evans Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Michigan, he led the lab at Georgia Tech. Dr. Gilbert is a sociotechnologist, with a research focus on building and studying social media systems. His work has been supported by grants from Facebook, Samsung, Yahoo!, Google, NSF, ARL, and DARPA - and covered by outlets including Wired, NPR and The New York Times.
Libby Hemphill, Associate Professor of Information and Research Associate Professor, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research. Dr. Hemphill studies politicians, non-profit organizations, and television fans to understand how people use social media to organize, discuss, and enact social change. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Nayar PrizeMozilla, Amazon, DiscoverText, and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Clifford Lampe, Associate Professor of Information. Dr. Lampe researches the social and technical structures of large scale technology mediated communication, working with sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, Slashdot and Everything2. He has also been involved in the creation of multiple social media and online community projects, usually designed to enable collective action. One of Dr. Lampe's core values is combining top quality research with community engagement.

Christian Sandvig, H. Marshall McLuhan Collegiate Professor of Digital Media, Professor of Information, Professor of Communication Studies, Professor of Art and Design, and Faculty Associate of the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. Dr. Sandvig specializes in the design of Internet infrastructure and social computing. His current work focuses on the implications of algorithmic systems that filter and curate culture. Sandvig's research has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, Le Monde, National Public Radio, CBS News, and other media outlets. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. He has consulted for Intel, Microsoft, and the San Francisco Public Library.

CSMR Affiliates

Mark Ackerman, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Professor of Information, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Professor of Learning Health Sciences, Medical School. Computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, social computing.


Eytan Adar, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering and Associate Professor of Information, School of Information. Temporal-informatics, which is the study of the change of information—and our consumption of it—over time.


Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant Professor 
HCI; Social computing; social media; social technologies, stigma, & distress; marginality; self-disclosure & privacy; social support; wellbeing; reproductive health; emotion artificial intelligence & ethics.


Oliver Haimson, Assistant Professor
Human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing, gender, online identity, social media, life transitions, emotional health and wellbeing.

David Jurgens, Assistant Professor of Information, researches how humans behave by observing the things we say, what we do, and who we are to improve our theories using data-driven insights and methodologies. His work frequently examines the language and behavior on social media platforms by drawing on methods from computational social science and natural language processing.
Qiaozhu Mei, Associate Professor of Information and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering. Information retrieval and text mining, with applications in web, social media, scientific literature, bioinformatics, and health informatics. Also interested in machine learning, data mining, natural language processing, and social network analysis.

Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Public Policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His research, which focuses on misperceptions about politics and health care, has been published the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other journals. Nyhan is also a contributor to "The Upshot" at The New York Times; a co-founder of Bright Line Watch, a watchdog group that monitors the status of American democracy; and a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. 

Josh Pasek, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. His research explores how new media and psychological processes each shape political attitudes, public opinion, and political behaviors. Josh also examines issues in the measurement of public opinion including techniques for reducing measurement error and improving survey design. 

Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering. Privacy behavior and decision making, effective privacy notices and controls, human-computer interaction, emerging technologies, and public policy.


Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, Associate Professor of Information. Social computing, social media, human-computer interaction, online harassment, gender equity, children's privacy, eCommerce.


Priti Shah, Professor of Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience and Educational Psychology. As a cognitive and educational psychologist, her primary goal is to understand how to overcome limitations in the performance of complex cognitive tasks. In particular, she investigates cognitive tasks that require managing multiple goals, integrating different sources of information, and forming coherent, memorable representations.


Doctoral Student Researchers

Staff, Contractors, and Volunteers

  • Vitaliy Lyapota, Software Developer
    Vitaliy Lyapota is a Python Developer at AnvilEight and Senior Lecturer at KhNURE.
  • Summer Nguyen, Designer
    Summer Nguyen is an undergraduate in U-M's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). Her interests include graphic design, animation, and web design.
  • Yuncheng Shen, Designer
    Yuncheng Shen is a proud UMSI Alumna, web designer, and developer at Grubhub.

CSMR Alumni

Garlin Gilchrist II
Former CSMR Executive Director Garlin Gilchrist was elected Lieutenant Governor of the State of Michigan in November 2018.



David Bloom
Former CSMR Editor David Bloom is an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Information at UMSI.



Aviv Ovadya
Former CSMR Architect Aviv Ovadya is a technologist and researcher focused on ensuring technology enables a positive future. He was one of the few who warned about the vulnerability of social media platforms to misinformation and propaganda prior to the 2016 US presidential election. Aviv earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked and consulted in Silicon Valley before becoming a Knight News Innovation Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. He led the development of the Iffy Quotient Platform Health Metric.

Fernand Pajot
Former CSMR Data Scientist Fernand Pajot was head of data science at and Remind. He has experience in machine learning, data & distributed systems engineering, and shaping product & research roadmaps.

Press release: New version of Iffy Quotient shows steady drop of questionable information on social media, partners with NewsGuard for better data

 A press release has been issued by Michigan News on CSMR seeing a continued decline in questionable content on Facebook and Twitter. This finding comes courtesy of the newest version of our Iffy Quotient metric, the first of our platform health metrics designed to track how well media platforms are meeting their public responsibilities. The latest Iffy Quotient figures […]

New research on best practices and policies to reduce consumer harms from algorithmic bias

 On May 22, 2019, CSMR Director Paul Resnick was among the featured expert speakers at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, which hosted a discussion on algorithmic bias. This panel discussion related to the newly released Brookings paper on algorithmic bias detection and mitigation, co-authored by Nicol Turner Lee, Resnick, and Genie Barton. It offers government, technology, and […]