Meet the team

Christine L. Borgman

Principal Investigator

Christine L. Borgman, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author of more than 250 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. These include three books from MIT Press: Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (2015), winner of the 2016 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Computing and Information Sciences; Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (2007); and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (2000). The latter two books won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery; a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center; U.S. Co-Chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and Attribution; and previously served on the U.S. National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information and the U.S. National CODATA. She received the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE, and the Research in Information Science Award from ASIST. In 2004-2005 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute; in 2012-2013, she was an Oliver Smithies Fellow at Balliol College and a Visiting Scholar at both the Oxford Internet Institute and the Oxford eResearch Centre, University of Oxford. Prof. Borgman directs the Center for Knowledge Infrastructures at UCLA with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and other sources.

Sharon Traweek

Co-Principal Investigator, Alumna

Professor Traweek is the author of Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists (Harvard, 1988), which is used in courses worldwide as an exemplar of how to conduct ethnographic research on knowledge-making practices among scientists. Her many years of studying data practices in high-energy physics is essential expertise for the project’s studies of astronomy and astrophysics.

Peter Darch

Assistant Professor

Peter Darch is now an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Darch recently completed a three year postdoctoral position on this project at UCLA. He completed his DPhil in 2012 at the University of Oxford under advisor Marina Jirotka. He also holds an MA (Durham University).

Jillian Wallis

Postdoctoral Researcher, Alumna

Jillian Wallis was a postdoctoral researcher on this project. She completed her PhD in 2012 at UCLA under advisor Christine L. Borgman. She is now the Research Data Administrator at the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.

Ashley Sands

Doctoral Researcher, Alumna

Ashley Sands was a doctoral student researcher at UCLA, completing her PhD in 2017 under advisor Christine L. Borgman. Joining us from the field of Archaeology, she brought nearly a decade of experience working with scientific data. Sands dissertation research examined astronomy data management practices, revealing the expertise and infrastructures most appropriate for maximizing the utility of scientific data. Research methods included semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and document analysis. Dr. Ashley Sands is now a Senior Program Officer at the Institute for Museum and Library Studies. 

Irene Pasquetto

Doctoral Researcher, Alumna

Irene Pasquetto was a PhD Candidate in the Information Studies department, completing her PhD in 2018. She earned a Bachelors Degree in “Communication Science” and a Masters Degree in “Journalism and Publishing Industry” both from Verona University (Italy). Irene’s research interests included open knowledge, open data and open science, especially their policy and economic implications. Dr. Pasquetto is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Shorenstein Center of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of Michigan School of Information beginning in August, 2020. 

Bernie Boscoe

Doctoral Researcher, Alumna

Bernadette (Bernie) Boscoe was a PhD Candidate in the Information Studies department, completing her PhD in 2018. She brought her expertise in computer science and mathematics to our studies of data and software relationships. Dr. Boscoe is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Information School at The University of Washington. 

Michael Scroggins

Postdoctoral Researcher

Michael Scroggins is the current postdoc on the Knowledge Infrastructures project. He recently completed a PhD in Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Cheryl A. Thompson

Postdoctoral Researcher, Alumna

Cheryl A. Thompson was a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Peter Darch at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois and with UCLA’s Center for Knowledge Infrastructures. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois and MS from University of North Carolina. Dr. Thompson is now a Research Data Archivist at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina.

Milena Golshan

Data Scientist and Project Manager, Alumna

Milena Golshan was the UCLA Center for Knowledge Infrastructures’ Data Scientist and Project Manager. She organized and mined the trove of data, which the UCLA Center’s teams have collected since 2002, and facilitated the process of exploiting these resources for longitudinal and comparative research. Milena holds MLIS degrees from UCLA and Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria. She is especially interested in open data, digital archiving and data analysis, management and curation. Milena’s experience includes academic research support, qualitative data analysis, content management, and information architecture. Ms. Golshan is now Collection Information Specialist in Collection Information and Digital Assets at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Morgan Wofford

Data Scientist and Project Manager

Morgan Wofford is the current UCLA Center for Knowledge Infrastructures’ project manager and data scientist. She earned her MLIS degree from UCLA and Bachelor’s Degree in “Conservation Biology” from University of California, Davis. She is especially interested in data curation, information architecture, and biodiversity informatics.