iSchool students come from all over Canada and around the world. Some students come to the iSchool right after completing an undergraduate degree, some after other advanced degrees, and still others after pursuing another career for a number of years. This wealth of experience and background provides an always interesting and eclectic environment to both students and faculty.


PhD Students

B.A. (University of Manitoba), M.L.I.S (Dalhousie University)

Research interests: Human-Computer Interaction, User Engagement, Visual Research Methods, Mental Health and Wellness, Embodiment.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Heather O’Brien


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Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lisa Nathan


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B.Sc (Xiamen University of Technology, China), M.Sc. (Clarkson University, USA)

Research interests: Natural language processing, Deep learning, Social media mining, Misinformation.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Mageed


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B.A.R.M. (Brasilia), M.I.S. (Brasilia)

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Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.A. (Washington), M.A. (Portland)

Research interests: Affect, Engagement, Human-computer interaction, Digitally-mediated learning, Information behaviour, Information retrieval.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Heather O’Brien

B.A. (Lewis & Clark College), M.L.I.S (British Columbia)

Research interests: Digital Reading and Writing, Human-Computer Interaction, Hypermedia, Information Retrieval.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Luanne Freund

B.A. (British Columbia), M.I.S. (Toronto)

Research interests: social networks, digital diplomatics, autoclassification, machine learning, and information security.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Luciana Duranti

B.C.P. (Fluminense), M.M.C. (Rio de Janeiro)

Research interests: Information evaluation; Information seeking, retrieval and use; Internet information skills; Searching as learning; Youth interaction with technology.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eric Meyers

B.Sc. (German University in Cairo), M.D. (Emily Carr)

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Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.F.A. Honours (Victoria), M.A. (Dublin), M.F.A. (Vancouver)

Research interests: Graphic Novels; Visual Literacy; Multimodal Literacies; New Media; Popular Culture; Identity; Marginalization; Critical Theory; Feminist Theory; Creative Writing; Youth and Young Adults; Youth Engagement; Community Action.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eric Meyers


B.A. Honors (Durham), M.A. (Durham), M.L.I.S. (British Columbia)

Research interests: Sustainable Information Practices; Information, Disruption and Resilience; Migration and Displacement; Human-computer Interaction. 

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lisa Nathan


B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Concordia)

Research interests: Human Computer Interaction, Information visualization, Concept Mapping, Educational Technology, Social networking.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eric Meyers

B.A. Honors (Ontario), M.Sc. (British Columbia)

Research interests: eLearning, Educational Technology, Learning Analytics, Interaction Design, Information Visualization, Human Computer Interaction.

Dissertation Topic/Title: The design and evaluation of blended learning educational environments

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite

B.B.A. (British Columbia), M.Sc. (British Columbia), M.S. (Georgia)

Research interests: TBA

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.A. (London), M.L.I.S. (British Columbia)

Research interests: Human-Information Interaction; Information Practices of Newcomers to Canada; Information Services to Support Social Inclusion; Visual Research Methods.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lisa Nathan


B.I.S. (HTW Chur), M.Sc. (HTW Chur)

Research interests: Digital preservation, Long term preservation of music.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Luciana Duranti

B.A. Honours, (SFU), M.A. Children’s Literature (UBC)

Research interests: Children’s and Young Adult Media; Internet Memes; Children’s and Young Adult Literature; Nonsense and Sense-making; Multiliteracies; Critical Literacy; Postcolonial and Feminist Theory; Translation Theory

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eric Meyers

B.Sc. (University of Calgary), B.A. (University of Calgary), M.St. (University of Oxford)

Research interests: Human-Information interaction; Digital Afterlife Industry; Digital Remains and Postmortem Data Management; Death and Social Media Platforms

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Heather O’Brien


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B.A. (Keene State College), M.A. (Drew University), M.L.I.S. (Indiana University)

Research interests: History (sexuality, privacy, sexology, obscenity and pornography), linked data vocabularies, digital humanities, Queer Nomenclature, Ethical Cataloging.

Dissertation Topic/Title: focused on sexology, queer nomenclature, and ethical cataloging in archives, libraries, and museums.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Julia Bullard


Graduates of the iSchool Doctoral Program




Present Occupation

Dr. Millicent Mabi 2020

Viewing immigrant labour integration through an intersectional lens: Information and identity in the settlement of African immigrants to Metro Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Darra Hofman 2020

‘Between Knowing and Not Knowing’: Privacy, Transparency, and Digital Records

Assistant Professor at San Jose State University’s iSchool
Dr. Adam Jansen 2019

Technological Features of Preservation Systems that Support the Authenticity of Digital Records

Dr. Elizabeth Shaffer 2019

Social Media in the Canadian Government: An exploratory study of emerging practice

Director, Digital, Strategic and Indigenous Partnerships, UBC Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
Dr. Weimei Pan 2019

Managing records as evidence and information in China in the context of cloud-based services

Dr. Sarah Ann Gilbert 2018

Motivations for participating in online initiatives : exploring motivations across initiative types

Dr. Colleen Addison 2017 The issue of avoidance : information avoidance in the context of personal health concerns
Dr. Elaine Goh 2016 Archival law from the trenches : the impact of archival legislation on records management in commonwealth countries Records Manager, College of Registered Nurses of BC
Dr. Jessica Bushey 2016 The archival trustworthiness of digital photographs in social media platforms.
Dr. Corinne Rogers 2015 Virtual authenticity : authenticity of digital records from theory to practice Project Coordinator, InterPARES Trust
Dr. Donald Force 2013 Pursuing the “usual and ordinary course of business” : an exploratory study of the role of recordkeeping standards in the use of records as evidence in Canada Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Dr. Nancy Black 2014 The information seeking experiences of the post-secondary distance/online student
Dr. Jean McKendry 2013 Reading the landscape of public libraries as place : experiences of homeless men in public libraries in Vancouver, BC Academic Librarian, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Dr. Li (Sherry) Xie 2013 The nature of record and the information management crisis in the Government of Canada : a grounded theory study
Dr. Tatal Al-haji 2012 Exploring the relationship between research in Information Retrieval and Information Seeking Behavior Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Studies, Kuwait University
Dr. Lei Zhang 2011 A study of functional units for information use of scholarly journal articles
Dr. Chia-Ning Chiang 2010 A multi-dimensional approach to the study of online annotation Library Coordinator of Taiwan Citation Index, National Central Library in Taiwan
Dr. Saad Alzahrani 2010 The role of editorial boards of scholarly journals on the green and the gold road to open access
Dr. Hee Jin Park 2009 Understanding a folksonomy as a web classification
Dr. Cherie Givens 2009 An exploration of pre-censorship of children’s books : perceptions and experiences of canadian authors and illustrators

Lecturer, San Jose State University

Information Privacy Specialist/Attorney-at-Law

Dr. Fiorella Foscarini 2009 Function-based records classification systems : an exploratory study of records management practices Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto