Information Science is about the place where computing meets the world – in all its complexity, promise, and peril.  Our faculty and students come from across the disciplinary spectrum – from computer science and engineering to the social sciences and humanities – to build deep knowledge and artful interfaces that translate (in both directions) between core expertise in computing and the changing shape of the human and social world.  There are many ways of performing this crucial work, and each of us does it differently, drawing on the diverse interests, passions, identities, skills and life experiences that unite and define us as a community.

This principle is central to our undergraduate majors, available across the Colleges of Engineering, Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Arts and Sciences, with concentrations from interactive technologies and user experience, to networks, crowds and markets and information ethics, law and policy.  Each of these builds and relies on creative and powerful combinations of technical and social knowledge that students themselves play an important role in defining.  It’s also central to the world-leading research that our faculty and PhD students in both Ithaca and New York perform, from natural language processing and human-computer interaction to technology, equity, and global change and the digital humanities (for a longer list of faculty and graduate research, visit our Research page).  And it is central to our commitment as teachers and learners (which describes us all, from undergraduate minors to senior professors) – that we all have much to teach and much to learn; that we teach and learn better in collaboration and community; and that no single disciplinary perspective can fully capture or exhaust the problems we tackle.  

Finally, in all our work, we are committed to tackling problems that matter, and contribute in some small way to the challenges that define the current age, from sustainability and public health to privacy, equity and inclusion, in and through the computing tools and infrastructures that increasingly shape our lives. On behalf of the entire Information Science department, I invite you to read more on our efforts.  To reach out.  And to get involved


Steven J. Jackson,

Associate Professor and Chair