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” (http://rural.oii.ox.ac.uk/) 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.