The Executive Committee is the primary decision-making body of the Association of Internet Researchers. Its primary role is to ensure the continued viability of the Association, advance the interests of members and of Internet research in general. The Committee is elected every two years, with the previous Vice-President becoming President.
The Executive Committee establishes working parties from time to time that include members as well as executive representatives, such as the current Ethics Working Group.
CURRENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (2013-2014)
President: Lori Kendall
Lori Kendall is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been an active member of AoIR since the first conference in 2000.
She has done research on community and culture online and has also published several pieces on qualitative methods. Her most recent research is in the area of personal archiving.
Vice-President: Jennifer Stromer-Galley
Jennifer Stromer-Galley (PhD. University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. She has been involved with AoIR since the first conference in 2000 and has been an active member ever since.
Her research and teaching examine how humans interact with and through information and communication technologies (ICTs) and to what effects. Her wide-ranging interdisciplinary scholarship has led to over 35 publications that focus on understanding influence, leadership, political deliberation, political campaigns, and training that occurs through ICTs. Her forthcoming book Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (Oxford University Press) takes a historical look at shifting practices as campaigns adapt to and adopt ICTs. Her research has been funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and by the National Science Foundation.
Treasurer: Michael Zimmer
Michael Zimmer, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an associate at the Center for Information Policy Research. With a background in new media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and information policy, Zimmer studies the ethical dimensions of Internet technologies and social media, with particular interest in privacy, information ethics, access to knowledge, and value-conscious design.
Zimmer has been a member of AoIR since 2004, served as co-chair of the local organizing committee for the 2009 IR.10 conference in Milwaukee, and was elected treasurer for 2009-2011.
Secretary: Andrew Herman
Andrew Herman received his B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and his PhD in Sociology from Boston College.
He has written widely in the field of social theory, media and culture and his appeared in scholarly journals such as Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Anthropological Quarterly. Among his many publications is his book, The “Better Angels” of Capitalism: Rhetoric, Narrative and Moral Identity Among Men of the American Upper Class (Westview, 1999) and his edited collections, Mapping the Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Cultural Theory (Blackwell, 1997), The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory (Routledge, 2000). He is currently working on a book on digital media, intellectual property and cultural policy.
Graduate Student Representative: Anna Lauren Hoffmann
Anna Lauren Hoffmann (PhD Candidate, School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee) is a trans woman and scholar working at the intersections of information, technology, culture, and ethics. She explores the ways in which the design and development of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of social justice. Her lens is best described as a feminist brand of Rawlsian liberalism, though her work draws on leftist, disabilities, and capabilities critiques of liberalism as well.
In particular, Anna is interested in how the standards and categories imposed on the world by informational and technological systems can discriminate by supporting the development of self-respect for some and hindering its development for others. Finally, she is also interested in the long-term consequences of biased or discriminatory systems on the realization of social justice, as she believes it is generally easier to change people’s minds than it is to change people’s stuff.
Open Seat: Sun Sun Lim
Sun Sun LIM (PhD, London School of Economics) is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. She studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their Internet and mobile phone use, publishing over 40 journal articles and book chapters. Her recent research has focused attention on understudied and marginalised populations including juvenile delinquents, youths-at-risk and migrant workers. She also conducts research on new media literacies, with a special focus on literacy challenges in parental mediation and young people’s Internet skills.
Her research has been published in international flagship journals including the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, Computers in Human Behaviour, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communications of the ACM and Feminist Media Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, the Journal of Children and Media, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Mobile Media & Communication, where she is Reviews Editor.
Open Seat: Annette Markham
Annette Markham is Professor of Information & Media Studies at Aarhus University, Affiliate Professor of Communication at Loyola University-Chicago, and Guest Professor at Umeå University’s Department of Informatics. Trained as a communication scholar in the United States, Annette’s research focuses on sensemaking and identity formation in internet-mediated contexts and more recently, ethical and innovative methodologies for studying digitally-saturated social contexts. Her sociological work related to digital identity is well represented in her book Life Online: Researching real experience in virtual space (Altamira 1998). Other publications include Internet Inquiry (2009, with Nancy Baym) and a range of articles and chapters in edited volumes, handbooks, and scholarly journals. Dr. Markham has a strong background and training in interpretive, qualitative, and ethnographic methods. Annette has been a member of AOIR since 2001 and considers this association her academic and intellectual home.
Open Seat: Kelly Quinn
Kelly Quinn is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work focuses on new media and its intersection with the life course, social capital, friendship and privacy. Her publications have been included in Information, Communication & Society, the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society and in edited volumes.
Quinn has been a member of AoIR since 2007, served as the Graduate Student Representative 2011-2013, and was elected as an open seat representative in 2013.
List of past executive committee members coming soon!