Faculty Within the Department and From Across the University

The core faculty has expertise on such diverse topics as:

  • Electronic information access to libraries
  • privacy-preserving data sharing
  • privacy in social media and location-based services
  • machine learning
  • STEM education
  • cyber-physical systems
  • cyber-security
  • women in information technology
  • computer vision
  • biomedical imaging
  • visual informatics
  • remote sensing
  • ecological modeling
  • GIS applications
  • technology-based higher education curricula structure
  • the use of open content in higher education and online learning programs
  • physical computing
  • 3D printing
  • curriculum development
  • compression algorithms

The Ph.D. program currently has five active specialties:

  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Information Assurance (IA)
  • Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
  • Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
  • Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)

Faculty Listing

Core Faculty

Deborah Lines Andersen

Deborah Lines Andersen
Information Studies/Informatics, Associate Professor
Information Science Ph.D. Steering Committee, Student Advisor and Co-Chair

Phone: 518-442-5122 Email: dla [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Research methods and statistics,
electronic information access technologies
and their users, public libraries

George Berg

George Berg
Informatics, Chair
Computer Science, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-4267 Email: berg [at] cs [dot] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Machine learning, computational biology, and natural language processing

Peter A. Bloniarz

Peter A. Bloniarz
Computer Science, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-956-8240 Email: p.bloniarz [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Curriculum and pedagogic innovations,
public sector information systems

Jagdish Gangolly

Jagdish Gangolly
Informatics, Associate Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Analysis of regulatory text, mathematical modeling of internal controls in work-flow systems, accounting systems

Norman Gervais
Informatics, Visiting Assistant Professor
Phone: 518-442-3173 Email: ngervais@albany.edu [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: remote sensing, ecological modeling, GIS applications

Jennifer Goodall Powers

Jennifer Goodall
Informatics, Service Assistant Professor
Informatics/Information Science Undergraduate Program, Director

Phone: 518-442-3191 Email: jgoodall [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Curriculum development, women in information technology 

Lenore Horowitz
Informatics, Instructor
Phone: 518-442-2623 Email: lhorowitz [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: technology-based higher education curricula structure, the use of open content in higher education and online learning programs

Kevin Knuth

Kevin Knuth
Physics/Informatics, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-4653 Email: kknuth [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Inductive inference and inquiry, source
separation of mixed signals, information processing in the brain, identification of relevant causal interactions, astrobiology, intelligent instruments and robotic

Amir Masoumzadeh
Informatics, Assistant Professor
Phone: 518-442-3165 Email: amasoumzadeh [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information security and privacy, including access control policy models and privacy-preserving data sharing in application domains such as social media and location-bases services.

Jonathan Muckell
Informatics, Instructor
Phone: 518-442-3167 Email: jmuckell [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: physical computing, 3D printing, curriculum development, and compression algorithms

Peter Shea
Educational Theory and Practice/Informatics, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-4009 Email: pshea [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Student and faculty experience in techno-
logy-mediated teaching and learning, teaching presence, community in asynchronous learning networks

Affiliated Faculty

David F. Andersen

David F. Andersen
Public Administration & Policy, Distinguished Service Professor, College of Computing and Information, Associate Dean for New Interdisciplinary Programs
Phone: 518-442-5280 Email: david.andersen [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Public management, simulation and decision support systems in public policy, government information management

Robert Bangert-Drowns

Robert Bangert-Drowns
Educational Theory and Practice, Associate Professor, School of Education, Dean
Phone: 518-442-5022 Email: rbangert [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Meta-analytic and literature review
methodology, instructional design for computer-based instruction, higher-order thinking and literacy

Nicolas Bencherki
Communication, Assistant Professor
Phone: 518-442-4874 Email: nbencherki@albany.edu
Research Interests: Organizational Communication, Technology and Collaborative Work, Language and Social Interaction, Theory and Philosophy of Communication, Qualitative Methods

Peter D. Brandon
Sociology, Professor
Phone: 518-442-4695 Email: pbrandon [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Visualization of social and demographic data, policy uses of "Big Data," social and government statistics, population statistics and longitudinal administrative data, cyber security of household surveys.

Indushobha Chengalur-Smith
Information Technology Management, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-956-8315 Email: shobha [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Decision-making, information quality, and
technology implementation, open source software, security policy


Suraj Commuri
Marketing, Associate Professor
Phone:  Email: scommuri [at] albany [dot] edu

Sharon Dawes
Public Administration and Policy, Professor Emerita
Center for Technology in Government, Senior Fellow

Phone: 518-442-3027 Email: sdawes [at] ctg [dot] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information management in public sector

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Peter J. Duchessi

Peter J. Duchessi
Information Technology Management, Professor
Phone: 518-956-8318 Email: pduchessi [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information technology-enabled business
models, securing supply chains with radio frequency identification (RFID) and electronic product code (EPC) technologies, electronic connectivity in modern supply chains

Phillip B. Eppard

Philip B. Eppard
Information Studies, Professor & Department Chair
Phone: 518-442-5119 Email: peppard [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Archives, records administration,
preservation management, electronic records, history of recorded information

Sue Faerman

Sue Faerman
Public Administration & Policy, Distinguished Teaching Professor
College of Computing and Information, Dean

Phone: 518-956-8240 Email: sfaerman [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Managerial transitions, organizational behavior, and leadership effectiveness

Ingrid E. Fisher
Accounting and Law, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-956-8365 Email: i.fisher [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information retrieval, automatic thesaurus construction, information semantics, assurance in business information systems

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
Center for Technology in Government, Research Director, Public Administration & Policy, Assistant Professor
Phone: 518-442-5389 Email: jgil-Garcia [at] ctg [dot] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Collaborative electronic government, inter-organizational information integration, smart cities and smart governments, adoption and implementation of emergent technologies, information technologies and organizations, digital divide policies, and multi-method research approaches 

Sanjay Goel
Information Technology Management, Associate Professor & Department Chair
Phone: 518-956-8323 Email: goel [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Application of information technology in
business and engineering applications, computer networking and network security (including cryptography and public key
infrastructure), network-based distributed computation and availability of services

Teresa M. Harrison

Teresa M. Harrison
Communication, Professor
Phone: 518-442-4883 Email: tharrison [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Computer-mediated communication, comm-
unity applications of new technologies, technology and democracy, digital government, community networking, geographic information systems, urban communication, communication theory, and organizational communication

Natalie Helbig
Center for Technology in Government, Senior Research Associate
Phone: 518-442-4813 Email: nhelbig [at] ctg [dot] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information use and management, digital divide, public management, performance measurement and evaluation, digital government--particularly opening data, valuing data, and innovation through data intermediaries

Hemalata Iyer
Information Studies, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-5116 Email: hiyer [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Classification theory, information organization and retrieval, natural language representation

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Rey Koslowski
Political Science, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-5255 Email: rkoslowski [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: International relations dealing with international organization, European integration, international migration,information technology, homeland security

Catherine Lawson Catherine Lawson
Geography & Planning, Associate Professor & Department Chair
Phone: 518-442-4775 Email: lawsonc [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Travel behavior, freight, archived intelligent transportation systems data, community development, housing issues, land use, transportation planning, and spatial analysis/geographic information system applications

Matthew D. Matsaganis
Communication, Assistant Professor
Phone: 518-442-4860 Email: mmatsaganis@albany.edu
Research Interests: Diffusion and adoption of new communication technologies, social impact of communication technologies among diverse populations and in organizational settings, geo-spatial data and GIS-based statistical techniques for the study of neighborhood or contextual effects on health

Paul Meising

Paul Miesing
Mangement, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-956-8348 Email: paul.miesing [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Strategic vision, organizational change and
transformation, technology transfer, business and education use of information technology

James Mowers

James Mower
Geography and Planning, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-4779 Email: jmower [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Automated cartography, geographic information systems, application of real-time perspective viewing models, applications of parallel computing

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Neil V. Murray

Neil V. Murray
Computer Science, Professor & Department Chair
Phone: 518-442-3393 Email: nvm [at] cs [dot] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Automated deduction, extension of
deductive techniques to various non-classical logics, including multiple-valued, annotated and fuzzy logic, knowledge compilation

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Saggi Nevo
Information Technology Management, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-956-8369 Email: snevo [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Business value of information technology, information technology strategy, technology post-adoption, diffusion of innovations, social computing

Theresa A. Pardo
Public Administration and Policy/Center for Technology in Government, Associate Research Professor/Director
Phone: 518-442-3892 Email: tpardo [at] ctg [dot] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information technology innovation in the
public sector, cross-boundary collaboration and information sharing, preservation of government records in digital form, return on investment analysis for public sector IT

Eliot Rich

Eliot Rich
Information Technology Management, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-956-8359 Email: e.rich [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Simulation, software systems, knowledge management

Abebe Rorissa

Abebe Rorissa
Information Studies, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-5123 Email: arorissa [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Multimedia information organization and
retrieval, measurement and scaling of users’ information need and their perceptions of multimedia information sources and services, the use/acceptance/adoption and impact of information and communication technonogies (ICTs)

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Sandor Schuman

Sandor Schuman
Center for Policy Research, Research Associate Emeritus
Phone: 518-956-8240 Email: sschuman [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information and decision-making, collaborative problem solving, and organizational change

Shin Donghee

Donghee Sinn
Information Studies, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-5117 Email: dsinn [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interestes: Archives, archival research in history, archival use/user studies, personal archiving in the web environment, archiving web content, digital archiving of cultural artifacts, archives and public memory, and public memory in relation to Asian cultures and heritages

Joette Stelf-Mabry

Joette Stelf-Mabry
Information Studies, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-5120 Email: jstefl [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Integration and assessment of educational
technologies, user needs; social implications of technology, media decision-making, and media exposure and its effects on brain functioning

Tomek Strzalkow

Tomek Strzalkowski
Computer Science, Professor
Phone: 518-442-4275 Email: tomek [at] cs [dot] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Computational linguistics, information
retrieval & summarization, knowledge representation and knowledge-based systems, logic programming, and artificial intelligence


Kinsun Tam
Accounting and Law, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-4950 Email: tam [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: XML, markup languages, computerized
content analysis of corporate text documents, database internal controls, and application of Internet technologies

Giri Kumar Tayi

Giri Kumar Tayi
Information Technology Management, Professor
Phone: 518-956-8328 Email: gtayi [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Data communications and communications
networks, information economics & policy, and quantitative models for policy analysis

Ozlem Uzuner

Özlem Uzuner
Information Studies, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-442-5110 Email: ouzuner [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Medical informatics, medical language processing, electronic health records, natural language understanding, information retrieval, information extraction, privacy, security, intellectual property, and user intefaces

Ray Van Ness
Strategic Management, Visiting Assistant Professor
Phone: 518-956-8344  Email: rvanness [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: International business and the impact of culture, boards of directors and financial performance, influence of boards of directors on corporate strategy

Xiaojun (Jenny) Yuan
Information Studies, Assistant Professor
Phone: 518-591-8746 Email: xyuan [at] albany [dot] edu
Research Interests: Information-seeking behavior, information
retrieval, user interface design and evaluation, information visualization, usability testing, human-computer interaction, and
digital libraries

 Staff Listing 

Caroline Buinicky
Informatics, Undergraduate Adviser
Phone: 518-442-3162 Email: isug [at] albany [dot] edu
Office: BA-310


Nan Carroll
Informatics Ph.D. Program, Assistant Dean
Phone: 518-956-8244 Email: ncarroll [at] albany [dot] edu     
Office: Draper 113


Lisa Giovannangelo
Informatics, Secretary
Phone: 518-442-3171
Email: lgiovannangelo [at] albany [dot] edu
Office: BA 310