About me

Kevin Crowston

Distinguished Professor of Information Science and Associate Dean for Research,
Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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Kevin Crowston is a Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (aka the iSchool). He received his A.B. (1984) in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1991) in Information Technologies from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Research.

His research examines new ways of organizing made possible by the use of information technology. He approaches this issue in several ways: empirical studies of coordination-intensive processes in human organizations (especially virtual organization); theoretical characterizations of coordination problems and alternative methods for managing them; and design and empirical evaluation of systems to support people working together. For more information, please consult his vitae and (somewhat out of date) research statement (both in PDF). Specific domains of interest include free/libre open source software development projects, citizen science projects and research data management.

He is most recently a PI on an NSF HSC project: "Intelligent support for non-experts to navigate large information spaces" (21-06865) and PI on an NSF FW-HTF grant, "The Future of News Work: Human-Technology Collaboration of Journalistic Research and Narrative Discovery" (21-29047). With colleagues, he heads a Research Coordination Network to develop a socio-technical perspective on work in the age of intelligent machines.

He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Information, Technology and People and editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Social Computing.

a word cloud of research: information, science, management

Call for Participation: WAIM Summer Conference 2022

The announces a working conference to be held 6-7 June 2022 in Washington DC. Travel grants are available for selected participants (see below). 

Gravity Spy featured in New Scientist

Gravity Spy was just featured in New Scientist magazine. You can see the story .

The Future of News Work: Human-Technology Collaboration for Journalistic Research and Narrative Discovery

We (Kevin Crowston, Keren Henderson, Jeffrey Nickerson, Lydia Chilton and Mark Hansen) were just awarded an NSF grant (21-29047 at Syracuse) to study the future of news work.

Announcing the WAIM Doctoral Research Fellows!

The  is delighted to announce the five WAIM Doctoral Research Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year. The Fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, which was systematically reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of judges. Each Fellow will be supported with a $50,000 stipend to support the advancement of their dissertation research.