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 (2015-2017)
President: Jennifer Stromer-Galley
Jennifer Stromer-Galley (PhD. University of Pennsylvania) is a Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, and Director of the Center for Computational and Data Sciences. She has been involved with AoIR since the first conference in 1999 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 40 publications that focus on understanding influence, leadership, political deliberation, political campaigns, and training that occurs through ICTs. Her book Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (Oxford University Press) takes a historical look at shifting practices as political campaigns adapt to and adopt ICTs. Her research has been funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and by the National Science Foundation.
Vice-President: Axel Bruns
Dr Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012) and Uses of Blogs (2006). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing ‘big social data’. His research blog is at http://snurb.info/, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See http://mappingonlinepublics.
Immediate Past 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.
Treasurer: Kelly Quinn
Kelly Quinn is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Student Instructors in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work focuses on new media and how these intersect with aging, social capital, friendship and privacy. Her current research centers on the cognitive and social impacts of social media use for older adults. She has been published in Information, Communication & Society, the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, and the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, as well as several edited volumes. She has been a member of AoIR since 2007, served as the Graduate Student Representative 2011-2013, Open seat representative in 2013-2015, and elected Treasurer in 2015.
Secretary: Annette Markham
Annette Markham is Professor of Information Studies at Aarhus University and Affiliate Professor of Communication at Loyola University-Chicago. 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.
Graduate Student Representative: Jenny Korn
Jenny Korn is a scholar-activist of race, gender, and identity with academic training in communication, sociology, theatre, public policy, and gender studies from Princeton, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Korn is a member of Mensa and recently won the Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award, which she received at the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) in Phoenix. Her work has been published in Contexts; Feminist Media Studies; Hashtag Publics; The Intersectional Internet; The Journal of Economics and Statistics; Multicultural America; Our Voices; Television, Social Media, and Fan Culture; Harvard University’s Transition, and more. As a public scholar, Korn has been quoted by CNN, Colorlines, NPR, SXSW, Fox News, U.S. News & World Report, and other media outlets.
Open Seat: Adrienne Massanari
Adrienne Massanari (PhD, University of Washington) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include the social and cultural impacts of new media, gaming, information architecture and user-centered design, crowdsourcing, youth culture, and digital ethics. Her recent book, Participatory Culture, Community, and Play: Learning from Reddit, considers the culture of the social news and community site Reddit.com. Massanari’s work has appeared in New Media & Society, First Monday, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Prior to joining UIC, she was at Loyola University Chicago and served as the Director for the School of Communication’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. She also has more than 10 years experience as a user researcher, information architect, usability specialist, and consultant in both corporate and educational settings.
Open Seat: Susanna Paasonen
Susanna Paasonen is professor of Media Studies at University of Turku, Finland. With an interest in studies of popular culture, affect, sexuality, and media theory, she is most recently the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MITP 2011) as well as co-editor of Working with Affect in Feminist Readings: Disturbing Differences (Routledge 2010) and Networked Affect (MITP 2015). She serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexualities, Porn Studies and Social Media + Society, and has been an AoIR member since 2000. Susanna’s current research focuses on network failure, distraction and the less positive range of affect connected to online exchanges.
Open Seat: Andre Brock
Open Seat: TBD
View the immediate past (2013-2015) executive committee here.