Operating since 2002, the Cornell PhD in Information Science has accumulated an impressive record of achievement to date, with students winning prestigious external fellowships, publishing widely in leading conferences and journals in the field, and going on to leading positions in academia and industry in the U.S. and around the world.
Areas in which we are looking for students include (but are not limited to) HCI/interface design, applied machine learning, social media, CSCW, digital humanities, algorithmic mechanism design, ubiquitous computing and mobile computing, social and information networks, critical and interpretive analysis of information systems, behavioral science approaches to information systems, organizational and institutional analysis, big data applications and analysis, markets, technology policy, and information science approaches to societal challenges.
Cornell Information Science is characterized by engagement with many of Cornell’s outstanding programs in computing, engineering, humanities, and the social sciences, a vibrant and challenging interdisciplinary culture, and a deep commitment to learning and collaboration across the academic fields and perspectives that make up information science today. Information Science is proudly committed to being a home to a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff. Read more about our belief that multiple perspectives enhance creativity.
Our department continues to grow each year, on both Cornell's Ithaca and New York City campuses:
In 2019, Cornell Info Sci added three new faculty members: Cristobal Cheyre and Aditya Vashistha both joined Info Sci's Ithaca-based faculty as assistant professors, while Rajalakshmi Nandakumar joins Cornell Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City as an assistant professor in January 2020. Cheyre's research focuses on the economic, strategic, and organizational implications of the technologies that are shaping the data economy. Vashistha's research spans human computer Interaction, computing for development, and accessibility technology, with an aim to use social computing to achieve social good for people in low-resource environments. Nandakumar focuses on developing and deploying computing technologies that can create an impact in the real world and improve the quality of life. Please visit the Cornell Tech website for information on the PhD experience at the Tech Campus.
Serious candidates may contact the Director of Graduate Studies, David Mimno, and/or relevant faculty members with questions about research interests. For information about deadlines and application requirements, please see our How to Apply page.