School of Information

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The School of Information is UC Berkeley’s newest professional school. Located in the center of campus, the I School is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from diverse fields — information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy.

Based in UC Berkeley’s historic South Hall, roughly 125 on-campus graduate students, 500+ online graduate students, and 26 faculty members form a small, multi-disciplinary collective of scholars and practitioners.

The I School offers three professional master’s degrees and an academic doctoral degree. The MIMS program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes small classes and project-based learning. The MIDS program trains data scientists to manage and analyze the coming onslaught of big data, in a unique high-touch online degree. The MICS program trains students for careers in cybersecurity by providing them with skills and contextual knowledge to assume leadership positions in private sector technology companies as well as government and military organizations. The PhD program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.

History

The UC Berkeley School of Information was created in 1994 to address one of society’s most compelling challenges: enabling people to create, find, manipulate, share, store, and use information in myriad forms.

Originally known as the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS), this research-and-learning enterprise became the School of Information in 2006. The I School traces its roots to the 1920s, when UC Berkeley founded its School of Librarianship, ensuring universal access to information and educating "knowledge" professionals well before the age of the Internet. In 1976 the School of Librarianship became the School of Library and Information Studies. 

The I School proudly carries forward its library school heritage through its alumni, and through an enduring commitment to making information accessible, useful, and relevant.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program offered by the School of Information.

Graduate Programs

Information and Cybersecurity: MICS
Information and Data Science: MIDS
Information Management and Systems: MIMS
Information Management and Systems: PhD

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Courses

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Faculty and Instructors

Ü Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

David Bamman, Assistant Professor. Natural language processing, computational social science, machine learning, digital humanities.

Joshua Blumenstock, Assistant Professor. Development Economics, Data Science, Econometrics, Machine Learning, ICTD.

Jenna Burrell, Associate Professor. Technology appropriation in non-Western societies, technology and socio-economic development, qualitative research methods.

Coye Cheshire, Associate Professor. Sociology, trust, social media, social psychology, social networks, collective action, social exchange, information exchange, social incentives, reputation, internet research, online research, online dating, online behavior.
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John Chuang, Professor. Computer networking, computer security, economic incentives, ICTD.
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Paul Duguid, Adjunct Professor. Trademark, information, communities of practice.
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Hany Farid, Professor. Digital Forensics, Image Analysis, and Human Perception.

Morten Hansen, Professor. Creating great companies, collaboration, corporate transformation, leadership.

Marti A. Hearst, Professor. Information retrieval, human-computer interaction, user interfaces, information visualization, web search, search user interfaces, empirical computational linguistics, natural language processing, text mining, social media.
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Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Adjunct Professor. Internet law, information privacy, consumer protection, cybersecurity, computer crime, regulation of technology, edtech.

Douglas Alex Hughes, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Experiments and Causal Identification, Social Networks, Political Behavior and Outcomes.

Paul Laskowski, Adjunct Assistant Professor. Information economics, telecommunications policy, network architecture, innovation.

Clifford Lynch, Adjunct Professor.

Deirdre Mulligan, Associate Professor. Privacy, fairness, human rights, cybersecurity, technology and governance, values in design.

Geoffrey D. Nunberg, Adjunct Professor. The theory, history and social role of information .

Aditya Parameswaran, Assistant Professor. Data management, interactive or human-in-the-loop data analytics, information visualization, crowdsourcing, data science.

Zach Pardos, Assistant Professor. Education Data Science, Learning Analytics, Big Data in Education, data mining, Data Privacy and Ethics, Computational Psychometrics, Digital Learning Environments, Cognitive Modeling, Bayesian Knowledge Tracing, Formative Assessment, Learning Maps, machine learning.
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Kimiko Ryokai, Associate Professor. Human-computer interaction, tangible user interfaces.

Niloufar Salehi, Assistant Professor.

Annalee Saxenian, Professor. Innovation, information management, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, regional economic development, high skilled immigration, Asian development.
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Doug Tygar, Professor. Privacy, technology policy, computer security, electronic commerce, software engineering, reliable systems, embedded systems, computer networks, cryptography, cryptology, authentication, ad hoc networks.
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Steven Weber, Professor. Political science, international security, international political economy, information science.
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Lecturers

Luis Aguilar, Lecturer.

Olukayode Segun Ashaolu, Lecturer.

Steven Fadden, Lecturer.

Leslie Harris, Lecturer.

Jez Humble, Lecturer.

Xavier Malina, Lecturer.

Nick Merrill, Lecturer.

James Reffell, Lecturer.

Peter Frank Weis, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus. Information management, information retrieval, metadata, library services.
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Michael D. Cooper, Professor Emeritus. Analysis, design, database management systems, implementation and evaluation of information systems, computer performance monitoring and evaluation, and library automation.
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William S. Cooper, Professor Emeritus.

M. E. Maron, Professor Emeritus.

Nancy A. Van House, Professor Emeritus. Digital libraries, science, information management, technology studies, knowledge communities, user needs, information tools, artifacts, participation of users.
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Contact Information

School of Information

102 South Hall

Phone: 510-642-1464

Fax: 510-642-5814

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Director of Student Affairs

Siu Yung Wong

104 South Hall

Phone: 510-664-7092

studentaffairs@ischool.berkeley.edu

Director of Admissions

Julia Sprague

102 South Hall

Phone: 510-642-9242

admissions@ischool.berkeley.edu

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