Dr. Derrick Cogburn

CogburnDr. 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.


“Globalization, Education and Learning in the Information Economy,” Derek C. Mulenga (ed.) Globalization and Lifelong Education: Critical Perspective, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2008.

“Enabling Effective Multistakeholder Participation in Global Internet Governance Through Accessible Cyberinfrastructure,” The Handbook of Internet Politics, Routledge, March 2008.

“Help Me, Help You: Maximizing Collaborative Learning In Complex, Cross-National Virtual Teams,” (with Nanette Levinson). In Orvis. K.L and A.R. Lassiter (eds.) Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: Best Practices and Principles for Instructors. Idea Group, 2007.

“Inclusive Internet Governance: Enhancing Multistakeholder Participation Through Geographically Distributed Policy Collaboratories,” in Global Multistakeholder Diplomacy. Eds. Kurbalija and Katrandjiev. Malta/Geneva, 2006.

“The World is Our Campus: A Comparative Review of Webconferencing Products for Geographically Distributed Collaborative Work.” (with D. Kurup.) Network Computing, 2006.

“Emergent Regime Formation for the Information Society and the Impact on Africa,” In Anthony D. Costa (ed). The New Economy in Development. Palgrave, 2006.

“The US Role in Global Internet Governance,” (with M. Mueller, L. McKnight, H. Klein, and J. Mathiason.) IEEE Communications Magazine, December 2005.

“Partners or Pawns? The Impact of Elite Decision-Making and Epistemic Communities in Global Information Policy on Developing Countries and Transnational Civil Society,” Knowledge, Technology, Politics, Summer 2005.

“Elite Decision-Making and Epistemic Communities: Implications for Global Information Policy,” in Sandra Braman (ed.) The Emergent Global Information Policy Regime, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

“Governing Global Information and Communication Policy: Emergent Regime Formation and the Impact on Africa,”Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 27, 2003.