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: mohammed.alazawi@health.ny.gov

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Bahare 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: bansari@albany.edu

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William Augustine

Cohort: Fall 2014

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Intrusion Detection 

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: waugustine@albany.edu

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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, Goverment 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: mavilamaravilla@albany.edu

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Mehdi Barati

Cohort: Fall 2019

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: m.barati@albany.edu 

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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: kevin@buchanjr.com

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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: kcaramancion@albany.edu

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Yvonne Dadson

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: ydadson@albany.edu

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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: mdetuya@albany.edu

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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: evdubois@albany.edu

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Nimrod Dvir

Cohort: Fall 2015

Primary Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization & Management (KOM)

Research Interests: Managment Information Systems, Consumer Behavior, Engagement, Open Government

Dissertation: Contagious Content: A Framework for Effective Information Delivery

Contact: ndvir@albany.edu

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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: cezung@albany.edu

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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: yfeng2@albany.edu

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Lu Gao

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: lgao@albany.edu

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Qianwen Geng

Cohort: Fall 2014

Primary Specialization: HCI

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: N/A

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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: ygulatee@albany.edu

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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: dharris@albany.edu 

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Terry Hastings

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: thastings@albany.edu

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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: hershenson.bradley@gmail.com

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SaBrina Jeffcoat 

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)

Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: sjeffcoat@albany.edu

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Ellie (Seoe) Jung

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: sjung@albany.edu

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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: dima.kassab@gmail.com 

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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: tknight@albany.edu

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Yueqi Li

Cohort: Fall 2019

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Forensic Accounting, Auditing 

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: yli69@albany.edu

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Yu Liu

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: N/A

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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: xliu27@albany.edu 

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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: jamcgaughan@gmail.com

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Monica Meissner (De Tuya)

Cohort: Fall 2015

Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)

Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)

Research Interests: Information & Knowledge Flow, Education, Decision Making

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: mldetuya@albany.edu

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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: ShannonMersand@gmail.com

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Nancy Poehlman 

Cohort: Spring 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: npoehlmann@albany.edu 

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Vishwa Rao

Cohort: Fall 2017

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: vrao@albany.edu 

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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: saning206@gmail.com

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Mayra Santiago 

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: msantiago1@albany.edu

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Smita Sharma 

Cohort: Fall 2013

Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Secondary Specialization: Self-Designed

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: ssharma3@albany.edu

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Ethan Sprissler 

Cohort: Fall 2011

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: esprissler@albany.edu

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Irem Tatar

Cohort: Fall 2019

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Entropy 

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: itatar@albany.edu

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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: eudoh@albany.edu

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Xiaoshuai Yang

Cohort: Fall 2017

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA) 

Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: xyang6@albany.edu

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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: xzhao6@albany.edu

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