Faculty Directors

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Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Co-Principal Investigator, is 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. 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), an award-winning social science research center. 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 socio-technical infrastructure for geographically distributed collaboration in knowledge work. Faculty Pro

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Dr. Laura DeNardis, Principal Investigator, is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University. 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, her research studies the social and political implications of Internet technical architecture and governance. Faculty Profile

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Dr. Nanette S. Levinson, Co-Principal Investigator, 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). Dr. Levinson’s research and teaching focuses on: Internet and global governance; knowledge transfer, culture and innovation; innovation; and social entrepreneurship. She also studies co-processes and change focusing on new media, culture and policy issues in the developing world. Faculty Profile