Faculty Directors


Derrick L. Cogburn Headshot - 300pxDr. Derrick L. Cogburn is Associate Professor in the International Communication and International Development Programs at the School of International Service and the Information Technology and Analytics Department in the Kogod School of Business at American University.

His research and teaching includes: global information and communication technology and socio-economic development; institutional mechanisms for global governance of ICTs; transnational policy networks and epistemic communities; and the socio-technical infrastructure for geographically distributed collaboration in knowledge work.

Dr. Cogburn directs the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at American University and the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO: The Collaboration Laboratory), an award-winning social science research center investigating the social and technical factors that influence geographically distributed collaborative knowledge work, particularly between developed and developing countries.

Dr. Cogburn is past president of the Information Technology and Politics section of APSA, and of the International Communication section of ISA. He is on the board of the Online Ethics Centre for Engineering and Science and formerly led the Internet Governance Project (IGP). His research explores the impact of socio-technical collaborative infrastructure on civic participation in information and communication technology (ICT) policy processes, and on inclusive international development and global governance more broadly.

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Laura-DeNardis-webPrincipal Investigator, Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); and Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007 with Pelin Aksoy). With a background in information engineering and a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS), her research studies the social and political implications of Internet technical architecture and governance.

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D09_347_SIS_Faculty_Staff nfs Nanette Levinson, SIS, facultyDr. Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University. She is also Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange and Editor of the International Communication Section, The International Studies Compendium Project (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

She is the recipient of awards for outstanding teaching, program development, academic affairs administration, multicultural affairs and honors programming. She has designed campus co-curricular learning initiatives as well as research-based training programs for the private and public sectors. In 2011, the Ashoka Foundation presented her with an “Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Entrepreneurship Education.”

Dr. Levinson’s research interests include: Internet policies and governance; cross-national alliances; international science & technology policy and administration; innovation; change processes; and culture, communication & social entrepreneurship. Dr. Levinson’s research and teaching focus on knowledge transfer, culture and innovation; internet and global governance; and social entrepreneurship. She also studies co-processes and change focusing on new media, culture and policy issues in the developing world.

Dr. Levinson’s writings appear in journals ranging from Information Technologies and International Development to International Studies Perspectives. She received her bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

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