P. Bryan Heidorn
Director, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies

P. Bryan Heidorn is the Director of the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies (CDSDS), and is also the Director of Research for Arizona's iSchool. 

If you have questions about CDSDS, please contact the Director:

Research Associates

  • Volodymyr Lysenko, Ph.D. University of Washington, has published research in peer-reviewed journals on the use of ICT for socio-political transformations, particularly in the former USSR countries. He conducted research as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (UK) and Columbia University (USA). Previously he served as an Expert for the Directorate General on Education and Culture of the European Commission and was a Member of the Council of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE). Currently his research focus is on information access, media freedom, disinformation campaigns, information war, and related disruptions to democratic processes around the globe.
  • Sarah Young, PhD, Arizona State University, focuses on theories of surveillance and uses surveillance as a rhetorical lens to examine spaces and places. She is currently working on research about online mug shots for a digital vigilantism project with surveillance scholars at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her work also revolves around the study of technologies of surveillance, digital bodies, and surveillance workers, and she spent over decade retained by the Federal government as an investigator doing national security and public trust background investigations.

Student Research Fellows

Faculty Advisory Board/Affiliated Faculty

  • Derek Bambauer is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, where he studies Internet law and intellectual property. His research treats Internet censorship, cybersecurity, and intellectual property. Bambauer spent two years as a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. His recent post about the Apple/FBI tension is here:
  • Jane Bambauer is a professor of law in the James E. Rogers College of Law. Her research assesses the social costs and benefits of data, and questions the wisdom of many popular privacy laws.
  • Catherine Brooks, Arizona's iSchool Director and CDSDS founder, studies online interaction and behavior, though she is currently researching students' perceptions of data protection, their trust in certain platforms, and their concerns about how their learning data are used on college campuses. 
  • David Cuillier is Professor and the former Director of the School of Journalism at the University. He researches access to government information, including its intersection with new technologies and privacy, and teaches data analysis and visualization.
  • Jennifer Earl is a Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with research emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is Director Emerita of the Center for Information Technology and Society and Director Emerita of the Technology and Society PhD Emphasis, both at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Samara Klar, Assistant Professor of Political Science, studies how individuals' personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behaviors.
  • Jamie Lee, Assistant Professor of Information, studies hands-on archival work along with archival theory and practice that emerges from community contexts. She engages theories of affect and embodiment, archival and queer theory, haptic visuality, somatechnics, and decolonizing methodologies. 
  • Stephanie Carroll Rainie (Ahtna Athabascan) is manager of the Tribal Health Program and senior researcher at the Native Nations Institute (NNI), Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, The University of Arizona.  Rainie's research program, ongoing for over a decade, explores the links between governance, health care, and community wellness. Her research and outreach work with NNI includes the topics of Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous data governance.
  • Stephen Rains, Professor of Communication, also holds appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Arizona Cancer Center. His research is situated in the general areas of communication, technology, and social influence, with much of his research examining the implications of new communication technologies for health communication.
  • Jeannine E. Relly, Professor of Journalism, studies global influences on news media systems, government information policy, press-state relations, and democratic institutions, including freedom of expression and access to public information in countries that often are in conflict or in political or economic transition. 
  • Yotam Shmargad, Assistant Professor of Political Science, analyzes large sets of online user and behavior data. His training in business management and marketing led him to focus on issues of online privacy, political networks, and information diffusion.  
  • Suzanne Weisband, Professor of Management Information Systems, researches distributed groups, remote or at-a-distance leadership, health information technologies, and telemedicine. She also has an extensive background in infromation ethics, privacy, software development, and media literacy.