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Director

Johannes M. Bauer

Johannes M. Bauer was appointed as the Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy and the Director of the Quello Center in August 2018. He currently also serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information. He was trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. While at MSU, he also had appointments as a visiting professor at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (Summer 2010), and most recently the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). Much of his research centers on policy issues critical to the Quello Center, such as the design of policy and regulation for advanced media and the Internet, cybersecurity, innovation in the digital economy, and measures to increase digital inclusion. He enjoys working with practitioners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

More information about Professor Bauer is here.

    Director of Academic Research

    Keith Hampton

    Director of Academic Research

    Keith N. Hampton is a Professor of Media and Information at Michigan State University. In 2018 he assumed the role of Director of Academic Research for the Quello Center. Keith’s research is focused on the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement and the urban environment. His recent research has looked at the outcomes of persistent contact and pervasive awareness through social media, including stress, social isolation, exposure to diverse points of view, and willingness to voice opinions. His publications have received a number of awards, such as a 2015 paper award from the American Sociological Association, Section on Communication and Information Technologies.

    Hampton received his doctorate and Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Calgary. Before joining the faculty at MSU, he was the Endowed Professor in Communication and Public Policy and Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster in the Department of Communication in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. Other previous posts include assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; as well as assistant professor of technology, urban and community sociology, and Endowed Class of ’43 Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    More information about Professor Hampton is here.

    Assistant Director

      Laleah Fernandez

      Assistant Director

      Dr. Laleah Fernandez joined the research team at the Quello Center in September 2017. Laleah is a Michigan State alumna coming to us from her position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information and Computing Science at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She earned her Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies, her M.A. in Advertising and her B.A in Journalism, all from MSU. Her research interests include network analysis and the role of new and emerging media in community-level and global mobilization efforts. Laleah has published research and reviews in the areas of advertising, economic development, mobilization, and science communication. In the first instance, Dr. Fernandez will be working on the Google supported search project, and the Rocket Fiber project on access to the Internet in Detroit. She will also be developing strategies for better connecting the Quello Center with the state policy communities of greatest relevance to our work.

        Past Directors

        William H. Dutton

        Past Director

        William H. Dutton served as the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy and Director of the Quello Center from 2014 through 2018. Bill’s research focuses on Internet Studies, especially on the social and political aspects of the Internet, such as in the development of his conception of ‘The Fifth Estate‘. Prior to arriving at MSU, Bill was the first Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford, where he was the Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and Fellow of Balliol College. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, he was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he remains an Emeritus Professor. In the UK, he was a Fulbright Scholar 1986-87, and was National Director of the UK’s Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996, before returning to Britain to direct the OII. At MSU, Bill’s Professorship is within the Department of Media and Information. Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Founding Director of the OII. He is also the recipient of the International Communication Association’s (ICA) first Fred Williams’ award for contributions to the study of communication and technology, the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2014, and was named an ICA Fellow in 2015. Most recently, his article on cultures of the Internet (with Grant Blank) was selected for an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

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        Steve Wildman

        Professor & J. H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies Emeritus

        Steven S. Wildman is a Research Fellow at the Quello Center. Professor Wildman was the Founding Director of the Quello Center. During his penultimate year as director of the Center, he served a one year stint as Chief Economist to the FCC, reflecting the focus of his economics research on telecommunication industries and services. Steve was appointed as the James H. Quello Professor of Telecommunication Studies and the first Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management & Law at Michigan State University in 1999. Prior to joining Michigan State in Fall 1999, Dr. Wildman was Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Program in Telecommunications Science, Management & Policy at Northwestern University. Earlier positions include Senior Economist with Economists Incorporated and Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA. Dr. Wildman holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Wabash College. Steve stepped down as Director in 2014 to focus on his research and support the transition to a new director. He remains a Research Fellow in the Center, as Professor and J.H. Quello Chair of Telecommunication Studies Emeritus at MSU, and a member of our Advisory Board, as well as being a Research Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado.