I am an Assistant Professor at University of Washington’s Information School. I can be reached by email at megfinn at uw dot edu. This website provides an overview of my work; my CV has a lot more details. If you would like to read any of my publications or conference papers, please don’t hesitate to email me.
My work examines relations amongst institutions, infrastructures, and practices in the production, circulation, and use of information. Currently, I am examining these themes in a book, called Documenting Aftermath: Event Epistemology and the Informatics of Disaster, under contract with MIT Press. My book brings together perspectives and approaches from information studies, science and technology studies, and the history of media, information, and communication. I am particularly interested in questions that require historical and contemporary analysis, including: How do changing technological infrastructures and changing information practices shape one another? How can information practices and infrastructures bridge social, geographic and historical contexts? How should we evaluate the potential for new information technologies and infrastructures to enhance understanding and awareness after unusual events?
I completed my PhD in 2012 at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, and spent two wonderful years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, MA with the Social Media Research Group. Paul Duguid and AnnaLee Saxenian were my PhD advisors and Peter Lyman advised my masters degree, also from Berkeley. My dissertation committee members also included Richard Walker and Coye Cheshire. My dissertation research was funded by National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant.
Previously, I spent three years working as a engineer and research engineer at HP. I have an Masters degree in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor LSA Honors College.