Current Info Sci PhD students are among the leading up-and-coming scholars in the cross-disciplinary field of information science, helping shape our understanding of technological systems and their use. Head over to our PhD page to meet our students and see what they're working on.

Upon graduation, Information Science's PhDs immediately become top candidates for competitive positions in academia, industry, and elsewhere. Here's where our students from recent graduating PhD cohorts are today:


• Alex Adams, PhD conferred May 2021, Postdoctoral Researcher, Cornell University

• Vera Khovanskaya, PhD conferred May 2021

• Lauren Kilgour, PhD conferred August 2021, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University

• Hajin Lim, PhD conferred May 2021, Research Associate, Unversity of Wisconsin-Madison

• Samir Passi, PhD conferred December 2021, Researcher, Microsoft

• Hongyi Wen, PhD conferred December 2021

• Vincent Tseng, PhD conferred May 2021, Data Scientist at Verily

• Justine Zhang, PhD conferred August 2021, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan (deferred for a one-year postdoc at Stanford University)


• Jess Hohenstein, PhD conferred August 2020, Postdoctoral Researcher, Cornell University

• Margaret Jack, PhD conferred August 2020, Postdoctoral Researcher, Syracuse University

• Yuhang Zhao, PhD conferred August 2020, Postdoctoral Researcher, Cornell University


Jean Costa, PhD conferred December 2019, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford

Seongtaek Lim, PhD conferred August 2019, Software Engineer, Adobe

Xiao Ma, PhD conferred August 2019, Software Engineer, Google

Brian McInnis, PhD conferred August 2019, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC San Diego

• Fabian Okeke,  PhD conferred December 2019, UX Researcher, Facebook

Minsu Park, PhD conferred August 2019, Research Fellow, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Huaishu Peng, PhD conferred May 2019, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

• Stephanie Santoso, PhD conferred December 2019, Director of Strategic Initiative, Citizen Schools Maker

• Lei Shi, PhD conferred December 2019 Software Engineer, Google


Gabe Culbertson, PhD conferred August 2018, Software Engineer, Google

• Ishtiaque Ahmed,  PhD conferred May 2018, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto


• Saeed Abdullah,  PhD conferred August 2017, Assistant Professor, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University

• Nitesh Goyal, PhD conferred August 2017, UX Researcher, Google

• Elizabeth Murnane, PhD conferred January 2017,  Postdoctoral Scholar in Computer Science, Stanford University

• Rifat Rahman, PhD conferred December 2017,  Assistant Professor, College of Information and Computer Sciences, UMass-Amherst

• Emily Sun, PhD conferred December 2017, UX Researcher, Airbnb

Xiying Wang, PhD conferred August 2017,  Lead UX Researcher, WorkSpan

• Kaiton Williams, PhD conferred December 2017, Post-doctoral Researcher, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal

• Bin Xu,  PhD conferred December 2017, UX Researcher, Facebook

• Dongwook Yoon, PhD conferred August 2017,  Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia


Shion Guha, PhD conferred August 2016, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Marquette University

Mohammod Mashfiqui Rabbi Shuvo, PhD conferred May 2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University