All of the workshop organizers are currently involved in meta-research around qualitative methods, ranging from understanding current practices and norms to helping to build new tools and methods.
Casey Fiesler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at University of Colorado Boulder. Much of her current work relates to research ethics for social computing, and along with Brubaker, she is co-PI on an NSF-funded project on scaling up qualitative, inductive methods for larger datasets.
Jed R. Brubaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at University of Colorado Boulder, where he researches how identity is designed, represented, and experienced in socio- technical systems. A mixed methods researcher, he is a co-PI along with Fiesler on an NSF-funded project on scaling qualitative methods.
Andrea Forte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science at Drexel University. She researches aspects of online participation, open collaboration, privacy, and education, which she investigates using a variety of qualitative and mixed methods.
Shion Guha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Marquette University. His research centers around biases and inequities among various marginalized, vulnerable and underdeveloped populations especially in issues around public policy. He is PI of a NSF-funded project that explores the intersections of qualitative and quantitative methods to bring transparency and accountability to algorithms deployed in the US criminal justice system.
Nora McDonald is a PhD candidate in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. Her research aims to understand how communities and organizations adapt to new technologies, particularly as it relates to design justice. Nora’s current work focuses on the role of technology use for vulnerable communities as part of an NSF-funded grant to understand perceptions and value of anonymity online.
Michael Muller works as a research staff member at IBM Research in Cambridge MA USA. He has worked in participatory methods and in collaboration studies in organizations, using unitary or mixed methods as appropriate. He is particularly interested in developing theory from qualitative data through grounded methods.