Lab Co-Directors

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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CogburnDerrick Cogburn is Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service 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 Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco), an award-winning social science research collaboratory investigating the social and technical factors that influence geographically distributed collaborative knowledge work, particularly between developed and developing countries. Cotelco is an affiliated center of the Burton Blatt Institute, Centers of Innovation on Disability. Cogburn is the immediate past president of the Information Technology and Politics section of APSA, and of the International Communication section of the ISA. He is on the board of the Online Ethics Centre for Engineering and Science and formerly lead the Internet Governance Project (IGP). Professor Cogburn’s research program explores the impact of socio-technical collaboration infrastructure on civic participation in global information and communication technology (ICT) policy processes, and more broadly on international development and global governance.

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D09_347_SIS_Faculty_Staff nfs Nanette Levinson, SIS, facultyNanette S. Levinson is 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 served as Associate Dean from 1988-2005.

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; 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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