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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]