Johannes M. Bauer assumed the Quello Chair of Media and Information Policy and the position of Director of the Quello Center on August 16, 2018. Johannes is a researcher, writer, and teacher interested in all aspects of the digital economy, especially the challenges it poses for effective policy and governance. Since January 2013, he also serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He has a particular interest in understanding and designing governance arrangements that help harness the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) while minimizing their potential downsides. This passion has resulted in a three-pronged research program on the local, national, and global governance of ICTs, their economics and management, and their effects on individuals, groups, and society at large.
His research and advisory work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and other private and public organizations including the Department of Commerce (DoC) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In addition to his academic roles, he serves on the Boards of the iSchools and LIRNEasia. Johannes has served for many years as an associate editor of the interdisciplinary journal Telecommunications Policy and on the editorial boards of several other international peer-reviewed journals. He enjoys collaborating with experts in public and private sector organizations around the world to help realize the full potential of emerging technologies such as AI, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Recent publications include the Handbook on the Economics of the Internet, co-edited with Michael Latzer at the University of Zurich, issued in a paperback edition in December 2017. Recent research articles deal with the effects of ICT on income inequality, the effects of ICTs on the level and structure of employment, the link between network neutrality and innovation. He is currently working on a cross-national study exploring governance challenges and workable solutions for 5G services. His work has been published in Telecommunications Policy, Telematics and Informatics, Government Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Applied Economics, the International Journal of Communication, Information Systems Frontiers, Info, and the International Telecommunications Policy Review.
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.