INF PhD Students

Mohammed Alazawi
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Spatial Modeling, Big Data Analysis, Ecological & Environmental Modeling
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Mohammed Alazawi CV (PDF)

Bahareh Ansari
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Research Interests: Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Health Information Seeking Behavior, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections, Substance Use Disorder
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Bahare Ansari CV (PDF)

William Augustine
Cohort: Fall 2014
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments
Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Intrusion Detection
Dissertation: "Applying Machine Learning on Linux Interprocess Communication Graphs for Intrusion Detection"
Contact: [email protected]
William Augustine CV (PDF)

Martha Avila
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Research Interests: Child Welfare, Information Systems, Government Services, Digital Government
Dissertation: Legal and Institutional Factors for Collaborative Governance Arrangements for Data Exchange and Data Quality in the New York State Child Welfare System
Contact: [email protected]
Martha Avila CV (PDF)

Mehdi Barati
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Mehdi Barati CV (PDF)

Kevin Buchan
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Health, Precision Medicine, Adverse Drug Reactions
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Kevin Buchan CV (PDF)

Kevin Caramancion
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Misinformation, Conflicts on Social Networking Platforms, Information Quality, Polarization 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Personal Website: Kevin Caramancion Website
Kevin Caramancion CV (PDF)

Yvonne Dadson
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Manual De Tuya
Cohort: Fall 2014
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: DAPS
Research Interests: Data Analytics, Technology Management, Governance, Learning & Development
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Manual De Tuya CV (PDF)

Elisabeth Dubois
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Crisis Communication & Emergency Preparedness (Self-Designed)
Secondary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Research Interests: Crisis Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Pandemics, Marketing, Political Leadership, Education, Vulnerable Populations, Developing Countries
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Elisabeth Dubois CV (PDF)

Nimrod Dvir
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization & Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Management Information Systems, Consumer Behavior, Engagement, Open Government
Dissertation: Contagious Content: A Framework for Effective Information Delivery
Contact: [email protected]
Nimrod Dvir CV (PDF)

Chanchilo Ezung
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, & Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Smart Cities, Technology Management
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Chanchilo Ezung CV (PDF)

Yutian Feng
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Spatial Analysis, Geography, Crime Visualization, Remote Sensing
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yutian Feng CV (PDF)

Lu Gao
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Qianwen Geng
Cohort: Fall 2014
Primary Specialization: HCI
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: N/A

Yenisel Gulatee
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Collaboration, Group Learning, Trust, Emergency Management, Information Sharing, Public Libraries, Smart Cities, Smart Citizens
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yenisel Gulatee CV (PDF)

Donald Harris Jr.
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: New Media, Technology-mediated Communication, Mental Health Disparities, Information Exchange, Linguistic Analysis
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Donald Harris Jr. CV (PDF)

Terry Hastings
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Bradley Hershenson
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, & Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, Urban Planning 
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Bradley Hershenson CV (PDF)

SaBrina Jeffcoat
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Government Transparency and Accountability, Data Visualization, Open Government Data
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Sabrina Jeffcoat CV (PDF)

Ellie (Seoe) Jung
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]lbany.edu

Dima Kassab
Cohort: Fall 2011
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Research Interests: Cloud Management, Computing & Information 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Dima Kassab CV (PDF)

Thora Knight
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Information Privacy, Emerging Technology, Online Behavioral Advertising 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Thora Knight CV (PDF)

Yueqi Li
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Forensic Accounting, Auditing
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yueqi Li CV (PDF)

Yu Liu
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: N/A

Xiaomai Liu
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Data Analysis, Spatial Analysis, Cybersecurity, Application Software, Neural Networks 
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Xiaomai Liu CV (PDF)

James McGaughan
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Business Information and Decision Science (BIDS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Heuristics/ Biases, Business Decision Making
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
James McGaughan CV (PDF)

Shannon Mersand
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Information Literacy, Educational Technology, Makerspaces & E-learning as Conduits to Student Achievement for PreK-University
Dissertation: Makerspaces in PreK-12 School Libraries - Prevalence and Effects
Contact: [email protected]
Shannon Mersand CV (PDF)

Vishwa Rao
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Vishwa Rao CV (PDF)

Ning Sa
Cohort: Fall 2010
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Research Interests: Query Modification, Spoken Langauge Interface, Information Diffusion
Dissertation: Improving Query Reformulation in Voice Search
Contact: [email protected]
Ning Sa CV (PDF)

Mayra Santiago
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Dissemination of Information, Knowledge Flow, Communication, Technological Gaps, Education
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Smita Sharma
Cohort: Fall 2013
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Self-Designed
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Irem Tatar
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Entropy
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Irem Tatar CV (PDF)

Emmanuel Udoh
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Algorithmic Policing, Data Quality, Surveillance, Cyber Criminality, e-Government
Dissertation: An Exploratory Study on Fairness Issues in Algorithmic Policing Systems
Contact: [email protected]

Xiaoshuai Yang
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA) 
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Xiaoyi Yerden
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Open Government, Data Utilization & Management, Smart Cities, Emergency Management, Policy Decision Making 
Dissertation: An Investigation on Open Government Data Utilization and Impact: Influential Factors and Stakeholders
Contact: [email protected]
Xiaoyi Yerden CV (PDF)