Brian S. Butler

University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, USA


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Dr. Brian Butler’s research and teaching focuses on developing theories and techniques to enable groups, communities, and organizations to harness the full potential of new technologies. This includes the design of online communities; the use of information technology to strengthen local food ecosystems; strategies for leveraging power and politics to support organizational transformation and reduce systemic bias; and development of alternative models to data governance. Since joining UMD in 2012 as a faculty member, Dr. Butler has also served as Director of the Master of Information Management (MIM) program, Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), Interim Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and co-Director of the UMD Social Data Science Center (SoDa).