A list of people involved with Global Informatics both at and outside the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

  • Bertram “Chip” Bruce (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science). Community informatics; environments to support inquiry-based learning; collaboration in knowledge making; new literacy practices

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

  • Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Media and Cinema Studies). Hacking digital universalism in the Andes
  • Markus Schultz (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sociology). Social theory, transnational processes, political imagination, social movements, new media
  • Ann Abbott (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spanish). Community-based learning, social entrepreneurship

Center for Global Studies

  • Linda Herrera (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership). Education and social transformation; critical ethnography and critical pedagogy; youth citizenship and politics in a digital era; youth politics and revolution in the Middle East. Recent talk: Power and Politics in the Age of Social Media. Middle East and North Africa
  • Tim Wedig (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Global Studies) conflict resolution, diplomacy and negotiation, technology and social movements, international humanitarian intervention, African and Latin American political economy, education and training simulations


  • Ramona Curry (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, English). cinema and other forms of popular media and culture, sociocultural impact of media institutions China/cinema
  • Chang Dae Ham (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Media Studies) why and how consumers use digital media to engage themselves with advertising messages, creation and use
  • Anustup Basu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, English) India/cinema

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

  • Natalia Roudakova, UCSD media’s role in maintaining and destabilizing social orders, leading to political transformation and change, Russia and NGO forum, independent media groups in Russia.
  • Gabriella Coleman, McGill ethics of online collaboration/institutions, role of the law and digital media in sustaining various forms of political activism
  • Christopher M. Kelty, University of California, Los Angeles cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering.
  • Sarah Kendzior digital media and politics in the former USSR, how the internet affects political mobilization, privacy, trust and self-expression
  • Ülla Toode (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, political communication and political marketing): Political communication; political marketing; campaigning; visual image; practical TV-news journalism; communication in virtual reality. Estonia
  • Ieva Dmitričenko (Marketing project manager, Vidzemes Augstskola, Latvia: political marketing. Latvia
  • Olena Zhylinkova (Civil Law, College of Law, Kharkiv National University, Ukraine): Law related to intellectual property, Internet. information, media-communications. Ukraine

African Studies

  • Professor Bakary Diallo, Rector of the African Virtual University,
  • Professor Laura Czerniewicz, University of Cape Town, Director of the Open UCT Initiative in online education
  • Professor Barry Pittendrigh, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  Entomology Department), founder of Scientific Animations Without Borders, a project which uses state of the art animations transmitted by cellphone to provide development education to low literacy learners across Africa
  • Professor Abu Bah (University of Northern Illinois, Sociology), editor of a multimedia journal, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review
  • Professor Peter Limb, (Michigan State University, Africana Bibliographer), has done vast research on the implications of the digitization of indigenous knowledge for African communities. 


  • Bu Wei (News Broadcasting and Communication Research Institute, China Academy of Social Sciences) feminist media studies; folk women’s organizations and media; children’s education; gender equality
  • Li Yan (Institute of Educational Technology, College of Education, Zhejiang University)
  • Christian Sandvig: communication and information technology infrastructure and public policy
  • Malika Zeghal (Harvard, Religion)–recommended by Ala Asani; specialist in religion and politics in North Africa; written on peaceful revolution in Tunisia, including the use of new media; see her on the Charlie Rose show. North Africa