CMSR Leadership

Paul Resnick, Founder and Acting 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.)

Garlin Gilchrist II, Executive Director Garlin Gilchrist most recently served as Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the city government in his hometown, Detroit. Gilchrist is determined to use technology and civil outreach to change cities and lives. Previously, he was the director of the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., and worked for the campaign of former President Barack Obama. He was formerly the director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit. He was co-founder and advisor of tinyGive, which enables people to quickly donate to nonprofits via Twitter. A member of the board of directors of Voqal, a Colorado-based technology platform for nonprofits, he advises on new media strategies to improve civic engagement and educational opportunities. Gilchrist ran for Detroit City Clerk in 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan in 2005, graduating with honors. "Own your engineering mindset and have the confidence to apply that approach to a wide array of problems. The world needs as many problem solvers as possible. It needs us to think about solving problems in a way that can be helpful and beneficial to people across the world."
Note: Gilchrist is currently on unpaid leave from the University of Michigan until November, 2018 while he campaigns for electoral office. In the interim, his duties are being assumed by Paul Resnick.

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.


CMSR 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. Dr. Gilbert's work has been recognized with multiple best paper awards, as well as covered by outlets including Wired, NPR and The New York Times. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award and the Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award. Professor Gilbert holds a BS in Math & CS and a PhD in CS—both from from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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.

CMSR 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, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, conducts research in social computing and human-computer interaction (HCI) with a focus on social media, self-disclosure, privacy, stigma, identity, social support, and well-being.

Oliver Haimson, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Information. 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.

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.

Doctoral Student Researchers

Staff, Contractors, and Volunteers

  • David Bloom, Editor
    David Bloom is an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Information at UMSI.
  • Vitaliy Lyapota, Software Developer 
    Vitaliy Lyapota is a Python Developer at AnvilEight and Senior Lecturer at KhNURE.
  • Aviv Ovadya, 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, 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.
  • Yuncheng Shen, Designer
    Yuncheng Shen is a proud UMSI Alumna, web designer, and developer at Grubhub.