Departments and Research Centers

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

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Matthew Bui

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Dr. Matthew Bui (he/him) is a postdoctoral researcher and incoming assistant professor (starting Fall 2022) at the University of Michigan Schoolof Information. Bui’s research examines the potential for, and barriers to, urban data justice,…
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Terri Friedline

Associate Professor of Social Work
Dr. Terri Friedline writes, organizes, and teaches about racial capitalism, technology, and the financial system. She is an associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan and is the author of “Banking on a Revolution: Why Financial…
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Rajiv Ghimire

Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability
Rajiv Ghimire is a faculty member in the School for Environment and Sustainability focusing on Sustainability and Development. His teaching and research are centered on global development, climate and energy, adaptation and resilience, sustainable…
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J. Alex Halderman

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
College of Engineering
Professor Halderman's research focuses on computer security and privacy, with an emphasis on problems that broadly impact society and public policy. Topics of interest include software security, network security, security measurement, privacy and…
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Ann Heffernan

Assistant Professor, LSA Department of Political Science
Ann Heffernan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary political theory, disability studies, feminist theory, and American political development. Her current book…
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Libby Hemphill

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information;
Research Associate Professor, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research;
Associate Professor of the Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Libby Hemphill directs the Resource Center for Minority Data at ICPSR and holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the UM School of Information. She joined ICPSR in September 2017 from Illinois Institute of Technology where she was an…
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Timothy A. McKay

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Education; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Professor of Education in the School of Education
Tim McKay is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Education; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of…
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Nigel P. Melville

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Ross School of Business
Nigel Patrick Melville is an American sociotechnical scientist, associate professor of information systems at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and Design Science Program Director. His primary areas of study are digital…
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Jodyn Platt

Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences, U-M Medical School
Jodyn Platt, Ph.D., MPH is an Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences trained in medical sociology and health policy. She is widely published in trust in informatics and information systems. Her research focuses on and addresses ethical and…
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Sita Syal

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Sita M. Syal is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and directs EMBERlab at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on studying human influence and embedding equity in sustainable energy and transportation systems. She uses…
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Misha Teplitskiy

Assistant Professor, School of Information
Misha Teplitskiy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He studies how social and institutional factors affect scientific discovery. He is especially interested in how scientific work is valued, through…
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Parth Vaishnav

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Systems, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Parth Vaishnav is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability. His research aims to understand how technology can help solve social problems. Much of his work focuses on the…
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Aditi Verma

Assistant Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Aditi Verma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. Aditi is broadly interested in how energy technologies specifically and complex systems broadly—and their…
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Salomé Viljoen

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
Salomé is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. She is interested in how information law structures inequality and how alternative legal arrangements might address that inequality. Salomé’s current work is on the…

Julie Berson Grand

Education Manager
Julie Berson Grand is the Education Manager for the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program. In this position, Julie provides management and oversight of STPP’s existing educational programs and oversees the development of new…

Kristin Burgard

Partnerships Coordinator
Kristin Burgard is the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Partnerships Coordinator. Before joining the STPP team, she held positions at the University of Michigan as the Outreach and Partnership Manager at the Michigan Institute for Data…

Mariam Negaran

Administrative Coordinator/Project Coordinator
Mariam Negaran is the Administrative Coordinator/Project Coordinator for the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program. Mariam also supports the Program in Practical Policy Engagement (P3E) at the Ford School. Prior to joining the STPP…

Pretrial risk assessment tools found to be subjective and biased

May 4, 2023 Read the full brief
In their attempts to reform the cash bail system, jurisdictions across the country are turning to automated pretrial risk assessment tools that ‘predict’ if a defendant will be arrested for a new crime while waiting for trial or will fail to appear...

STPP receives grant to study STEM-in-Society training

Apr 21, 2023
As science becomes more central to our daily lives—whether for predicting the impacts of climate change, transforming our physical and cognitive capabilities, or developing life-saving pharmaceuticals—socially responsible research and innovation are...

Ethical implications of defense funding in social science

Mar 22, 2023
Since World War I, defense funding has been a driver of social science’s growth. The dense ties between social science and defense agencies benefitted social research but also attracted decades of heavy criticism. This long and entangled history has...

STPP gift to expand educational opportunities for undergraduates

Mar 22, 2023
The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program has received a $250,000 gift to expand educational opportunities for undergraduates across campus. The gift comes from Phil (LSA ’87) and Julie (LSA ’88) Hollyer, parents of Keegan (Ford BA...
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AI will 'turbocharge' inequalities in health care - Parthasarathy

Mar 16, 2023 Bridge Michigan
Shobita Parthasarathy, Bridge Michigan: "Health care systems don't even know what data they're missing. That (AI) gets integrated into medical care as a mechanism for achieving efficiency. But they do that without realizing that it's going to...
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Parthasarathy on AI technology perils

Feb 28, 2023 Business Insider
Business Insider: Run-ins with users show some of the potentially troubling outcomes to expect when companies experiment with the public on new AI technologies, said Shobita Parthasarathy, a public policy professor at the University of Michigan, who...

Automated License Plate Readers widely used, subject to abuse

Feb 22, 2023
Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) are being used by a growing number of public and private entities to track drivers’ movements and location. The use of the technology is almost entirely unregulated and can be subject to abuse, so some...