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Meet the current PhD in Information Studies students at the McGill School of Information Studies.







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Mohammed AlGhamdi

mohammed [dot] alghamdi [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BSc (Info Systems), Marymount University; MSc (Info. Tech), George Washington University.

Research areas: Three-dimensional virtual environments and their usability with respect to children in educational settings.

Supervisor: Dr. Jamshid Beheshti

Mohammed AlGhamdi, SIS doctoral student

Hawa Al-Naki

hawa [dot] al-naki [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (Political Science, minor in Mass Communication), Kuwait University, MLIS, Kuwait University. 

Research areas: Social networks, information behaviour.

Supervisor: Dr. Jamshid Beheshti


Jean Archambeault

jean [dot] archambeault [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (Philosophy), Université Laval; MIS, Université de Montréal; Cert. (Strategic Leadership) UBC; Cert (Strategic Foresight), Houston University.

Research areas: Anticipatory knowledge; Information and knowledge in uncertainty contexts; Future-oriented methodologies; Socio-technological expectations; Text and network analytics.

Supervisor: Dr. Max Evans

Jean Archambeault, SIS doctoral student

Banafsheh Asadi

banafsheh [dot] asadi [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BSc and MSc (Information Technology), Qazvin Islamic Azad University of Iran.

Research areas: Image retrieval; information retrieval; human-computer interaction.

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien


Catalin Bidian

catalin [dot] bidian [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: Licentiate (Economic Informatics), Bucharest University of Economic Studies; MISt (Information Systems), University of Toronto; Cert. Adv. Project Management, University of Toronto.

Research areas: Knowledge management, knowledge retention and continuity, knowledge management cycles, information and knowledge modelling, information systems analysis and design, variability and adaptability in information systems.

Supervisor: Dr. Max Evans

Catalin Bidian, SIS doctoral student

Martin Boucher

martin [dot] boucher2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BSc (Math.-Comp. Science), Univiersité de Montréal; MSc (Comp. Science), Université de Montréal; BMus (Harpsichord perf.) Université de Montréal; MMus (Harpsichord perf.) Université de Montréal.

Research areas: Information behaviour; information retrieval; human-computer interaction; text mining; information visualization; open source system development; digital publishing; metadata.

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien

Martin Boucher, SIS doctoral student

Anna Couch

anna [dot] couch [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: MEd (Leaderships & Administration), University of Washington; BHum (Humanities/Philosophy), Carleton University.

Research areas: Online social networking; knowledge sharing; information literacy.

Supervisor: Dr. Jamshid Beheshti


Steven H. H. Ding

steven [dot] h [dot] ding [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (Computer Science) University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; BA (Computer Information Systems) University of the Fraser Valley; MASC (Information System Security) Concordia University.

Research areas: Data mining, cloud computing.

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Fung

Jesse David Dinneen

jesse [dot] dinneen [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (Philosophy), University of Massachusetts Boston; MA (Philosophy), King's College London; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Personal information management, philosophy of information.

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien

Jesse David Dinneen, SIS doctoral student

Jonathan Dorey

jonathan [dot] dorey [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BA (Translation and East-Asian Studies), Université de Montréal; Grad. Cert. (Localization), Université de Montréal; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Language and information, information behaviour, information and archival literacy, archival use and reuse. Tentative dissertation title: Beyond Archival Intelligence: Towards increased access to digital archives by undergraduate students.

Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Ménard

Jonathan Dorey CV - French

Jonathan Dorey CV - English


Robert Douglas Ferguson

robert [dot] ferguson2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BA (Anthropology), York University; MA (Anthropology), York University.

Research areas: Personal information management, personal financial information, personal health records, anthropology of information, communication in hospice settings.

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier

Robert Douglas Ferguson, SIS doctoral student

Manuel Gil

manuel [dot] gil [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: HBSc (Mathematical Sciences), Western University; MSc (Mathematics), Queen's University; MASc (Engineering Physics), McMaster University.

Research areas: Data mining, data analysis, statistical methods.

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Fung

Manuel Gill CV [.pdf]

Irene Kitimbo

irene [dot] kitimbo [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BLIS, Makerere University; Cert. in Mgmt., Concordia University; MLIS (Knowlege Management), McGill University.

Research areas: Identification, description and institutionalization of lessons learned; organizational learning practices and knowledge re-use in project environments; collaborative knowledge creation and intellectual capital management. 

Supervisor: Dr. Kimiz Dalkir


Svetlana Kochkina

svetlana [dot] kochkina [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA, MA (French Language, Literature & Translation Studies), Saint Petersburg State University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: History of publishing, books, and reading in cultural and social context; history of institutional and private libraries.

Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Ménard

Svetlana Kochkina, SIS doctoral student

Cynthia Henewaa Kumah

cynthia [dot] kumah [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BA (Information Studies and Linguistics), MA (Library Studies); University of Ghana, Legon.

Research areas: Information retrieval, technology use in information access and service delivery.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett

Cynthia Henewaa Kumah, SIS doctoral student

Isabelle Lamoureux

isabelle [dot] lamoureux1 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BA (Women’s Studies), Concordia University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: The research called "Resistance to Information Literacy!" is an exploratory study working towards a model of information literacy for undergraduate students. The purpose of this research is to investigate factors and their relationships that may impact information literacy instruction of university students.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Sunghoon Lee

sunghoon [dot] lee [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BSc (Educ. Tech.) Hanyang University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Electronic records management in international organizations, especially legal courts, from initiatives to systems implementation and analysis; records as evidence, records and knowledge sharing, archival purposes of records. 

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


Laura Markiewicz

laura [dot] markiewicz [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (European History), Keene State College; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Knowledge continuity management in non-profit organisations, best practices and lessons learned, communities of practice.

Supervisor: Dr. Kimiz Dalkir

Laura Markiewicz, SIS doctoral student

Julie Mayrand

julie [dot] mayrand [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (Literary Studies), Université Laval; BA (Psychology), Université Laval; MLIS, Université de Montréal.

Research areas: Everyday life information seeking of young adults suffering from mental health problems.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Jim Miller

james [dot] miller4 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (Political Science), University of Guelph; MA (Public Policy), University of Guelph; MISt (Library and Information Studies), University of Toronto.

Research area: Competitive intelligence in regional economic development.

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier

Jim Miller, SIS doctoral student

Daniele Nascimento

daniele [dot] nascimento [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (International Relations), UniCeub; MBA (Strategic Marketing Management), Fundação Getúlio Vargas; MSc (Urban Informatics - Information Infrastructure), Osaka City University.

Research areas: Open source communities, social computing, open source marketing, volunteer information creation, geospatial technology, foresight and future studies.

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt

Daniele Nascimento, SIS doctoral student

Fei Shu

fei [dot] shu [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: MA (Educational Technology), Concordia University; Graduate Diploma (Business Administration), Concordia University; LLM (International Relations), Jinan University; BA (Journalism), Wuhan University.

Research areas: Information retrieval, ontology, information organization, indexing, knowledge representation.  

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien

Michael Shulha

michael [dot] shulha [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BMus (Jazz Performance), McGill University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Cognitive work analysis for the design of clinical information systems, complexity, primary healthcare professionals' information behaviour.

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier


Daniel Steele

daniel [dot] steele [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)   

Degrees: MArch (Urban Design and Housing), McGill University; MAMST (Music, Science, and Technology), Stanford University; BS (Math)/BS (Music), Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research areas: Urban planning and design education, geographic information systems (GIS).

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Guastavino

Daniel Steele, SIS doctoral student

Afroza Sultana

afroza [dot] sultana [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BSc (Computer Science), North South University; MSc (Computer  Science), University of Manitoba.

Research areas: Accessible interfaces for older adults, human-computer interaction, machine learning.

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt

Afroza Sultana CV

Courtenay Telford

courtenay [dot] telford [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)   

Degrees: HBA (History, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations), University of Toronto; MI (LIS Concentration), University of Toronto.  

Research areas: Information behaviour, information seeking and use, Aboriginal people.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


David M. Weigl

david [dot] weigl [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BSc (Hons.) (Computer Science), University of Edinburgh; MSc (Res) (Informatics), University of Edinburgh.

Research areas: My research is situated at the intersection of the fields of 
information studies, music information retrieval, and music perception and 
cognition, with a particular focus on the operationalization of notions of 
experiential relevance for the music information domain.

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Guastavino

David Weigl CV [.pdf]

David Weigl, SIS doctoral student

Trudi Wright

trudi [dot] wright [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Research website: trudiawright.wordpress.com

Degrees: MLIS (Archival Studies), McGill University; MA (History), University of Guelph; BA (English and History), Brock University.

Research areas: Organization and information culture, information use behaviour, electronic records systems, information and records management, content management, business transformation/technology implementation. Proposed thesis title: "From paper to digital records: Examining the impacts of organizational culture on transitioning records management environments.

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park

Trudi Wright, SIS doctoral student

Kunsheng Zhao

kunsheng [dot] zhao [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BEng (Electronic of Information Engineering) Qingdao Unviersity of Sci & Tech; MSc (Computer Science) Concordia Unviersity.

Research areas: Malware analysis, binary clone detection.

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Fung

Kunsheng Zhao, SIS doctoral student

Qing Zou

qing [dot] zou2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BSc, N. Jiaotong University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Metadata, ontology, knowledge organization systems, archival description, and knowledge representation.  

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


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