Research Squad

    Aleksandr Yankelevich

    Quello Research Assistant Professor

    Dr Aleksandr Yankelevich has been appointed to a new Research Assistant Professor position in the Quello Center, effective 1 October 2015. Aleks is joining us from his position as an Industry Economist working for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless and Wireline Telecommunications Bureaus. At the FCC, he has provided economic expertise on various rule makings, mergers, and secondary market transactions involving the allocation of electromagnetic spectrum for mobile use. In 2013, he received the FCC’s Excellence in Economic Analysis Award.

    Aleks’s primary research is in the field of industrial organization, where he focuses on firm price discrimination and vertical interactions between competitors. His current research focuses on information services, including subscription and dedicated access services. Aleks received his Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and in Management (Summa Cum Laude) from SUNY Binghamton in 2003.

    At the Quello Center, Aleks will be contributing to the Network Neutrality Impact Study, and developing new research proposals and projects. One of his early interests is a new stream of research on regulation around the provision of special access services by local exchange carriers, such as for the provision of enterprise services for business customers.

    • Tel: +1 517-432-8065
    • Location: Quello Center, Communication Arts & Sciences, Room 404
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    Bianca C. Reisdorf

    Quello Assistant Professor & Assistant Director

    Dr Bianca Reisdorf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Information of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and as of August 2016 also the Assistant Director of the Quello Center. Dr Reisdorf joined the Quello Center as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in mid-August 2015. Prior to joining the Quello Center, Bianca worked as a Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester in the UK with a focus in digital media and research methods. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati.

    Bianca’s research interests include digital inequalities and policies, Internet use among vulnerable groups, and cross-national comparative studies that apply both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has been involved in the research project “Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain” ( and she currently is developing a new study on the consequences of lack of Internet access in prisons for ex-convicts in their rehabilitation process.

    Bianca received her D.Phil. degree in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in 2012, having completed an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 2008. At Oxford, Bianca was part of the team that conducted the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), which tracked the use and impact of the Internet in Britain from 2003 through 2013.

    At the Quello Center, Bianca is playing a key role in the Center’s digital inequality projects, and in the development of new projects around issues of digital media and society.

    • Tel: +1 517-432-8004
    • Location: Quello Center, Communication Arts & Sciences, Room 405-A
    • Website: Link

      Kat Hartman

      Research Associate

      Kat Hartman is a research associate of the Quello Center, focusing on our field research in Detroit. She is a Detroit-based freelance writer, data analyst, and information designer with data visualization firm, NiJeL. She received her MFA from the Stamps School of Art + Design at the University of Michigan and enjoys finding the intersections between design and research. She has worked as a data analyst at multiple non-profit organizations including Data Driven Detroit, a National Neighborhood Indicators Partner (NNIP) with the Urban Institute. She has also designed illustrated health materials for UNICEF in Botswana and German Agro Action in Ethiopia. She is also a former fellow at the Civic Data Design Lab at the MIT School of Architecture & Planning. Her online portfolio can be found here: Follow her @kat_a_hartman.

          Jessica Mcinchak

          Research Associate

          Jessica is a researcher and technologist based in Detroit. She works on projects at the intersections of sociological research, open data and web development and is passionate about making civic information more accessible.

          • Location: Detroit

            Dontae Freeman

            Research Associate

            Dontae Freeman is a graduate of the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, where he earned a BA, and served as President of the Residence Halls Association, for 15,000 students. Mr Freeman is working primarily on the Quello Center’s ICT4D project, supporting field research and outreach in Detroit.

                Whisnu Triwibowo

                Research Assistant

                Whisnu Triwibowo is assisting research at the Quello Center, such as supporting webmetrics work for the ICT4Detroit project, and statistical analyses of survey data for the study of digital inequalities in Michigan and the USA. Whisnu is a doctoral student in the Department of Media and Information, and on leave from the University of Indonesia, where he is a lecturer.

                • Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

                Derek Murphy

                Research Associate

                Derek has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning and policy development, working with community organizations and all levels of government. Derek began his career in 1977 working on international development initiatives, including two years in Botswana. Returning to Canada (Vancouver) in 1982, Derek shifted his focus to community planning and community services, specializing in affordable housing, social planning and economic development. In 1993, Derek moved to southeastern British Columbia, while maintaining his areas of expertise.

                Derek has lived and worked in rural British Columbia for the last 21 years, with the last 16 years focused on initiatives promoting economic diversification and innovation, especially through development of telecommunications solutions. Prior to becoming a consultant, Derek was a senior manager in the non-profit sector, developing and delivering a range of social, economic and health programs.

                Derek has postgraduate training in economic development and community planning, with a Masters from Carleton University and a BA from McGill University.

                  Paige N. Blessman

                  Paige Blessman is supporting the ICT4Detroit project of the Quello Center, primarily in conducting interviews with selected organizations in our study.

                  Paige is a true digital scribe and storyteller. She lives in the center of Downtown Detroit and highlights the fun, positive, and transformative things going on ‘in her playground’ (Downtown Detroit) that are worth sharing. She focuses on various events, places, and programs that bring Detroit together via her blog, The Pa(i)ge ( She also writes articles about health and fitness. From mental fitness and nutritional fitness, to physical fitness and social fitness, this girl loves to share her favorite recipes and behaviors that help lead to a healthier lifestyle.

                  Since graduating from The University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (May 2015) she has done freelance writing, graphic and web design, and event planning via The Paige, LLC, and she currently also serves as an Online & Digital Communications Intern for the Detroit Regional Chamber. As a millennial with a sociological perspective, growing and navigating online and digital spaces in which we socialize and exchange information comes easy to her. Her online portfolio can be found here: Follow her @xothepaige.

                      Ruth Shillair

                      Ruth Shillair is joining the Quello Center’s research team as a Research Assistant in this Spring Semester (2017) to support our work on cybersecurity, linked to the Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Center. She is working with Bill Dutton on an analysis that builds on his concept of a cyber security mindset and another analysis that focuses on the outcomes of national cyber security capacity building: Can we see capacity having a positive, independent impact on cyber security?

                      Ms. Shillair is a doctoral student in the Media and Information Department at MSU. Her research has focused on cyber security, such as in working with the Online Safety for the Ages (OSA) project with Professors Bob LaRose, Nora Rifkin, Saleem Alhabaash, and Sheila Cotten, which focuses on generational differences in online safety behaviors, particularly in the area of online banking.

                      Ruth has been recognized at MSU, such as in being awarded with one of the Department’s PhD Academic Merit Awards, and an ‘outstanding doctoral student research’ award. She also participated in the Oxford Internet Institute’s (OII) Summer Doctoral Program (SDP). As Bill Dutton, Director of the Quello Center noted: “We are very lucky to have Ruth onboard as her expertise in cyber security and quantitative analysis is going to help us leap ahead on our cyber security research.”

                          Mitchell Shapiro

                          Research Associate

                          Mitch Shapiro is working with Quello colleagues on a study of wireless strategies for last mile access to broadband networks. Mitch has been a consultant with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, on national broadband access and competitive policy issues, and with broadband mapping projects in Kentucky and Louisiana. He has also worked with Strategic Networks Group and Pulse Broadband; Pike & Fischer, a unit of the Bureau of National Affairs (now Bloomberg BNA); Pangrac & Associates, Probe Reseach and Paul Kagan Associates. Mitch co-founded the IP & Democracy blog and more recently launched the Evolving Human Systems blog, where he has discussed broadband policy and economics, among other things. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

                            Valeta Wensloff

                            Outreach Specialist, Department of Media and Information

                            Valeta Wensloff manages the web, print, and other design materials to support the research and dissemination efforts of the faculty and staff of the Quello Center.

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                            • Tel: 517-432-5669
                            • Location: Room 411, 404 Wilson Road, Communication Arts and Sciences, East Lansing MI 48824