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Meet the Experts

Brenda Allen

Brenda Allen
Associate Dean - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Communication
University of Colorado - Denver

Karen Ashcraft

Karen Ashcraft
Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder

Kevin Barge

Kevin Barge
Professor, Organizational Communication, Leadership, Conflict
Texas A&M

 

Connie Bullis
Associate Professor of Communication
University of Utah

George Cheney

George Cheney
Professor of Communication
University of Utah

Nashir Contractor

Nashir Contractor
Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University

Stanley Deetz

Stanley Deetz
Professor of Communication and Director of Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder

Eric Eisenberg

Eric Eisenberg
Professor and Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida

Gail Fairhurst

Gail Fairhurst
Professor of Communication
University of Cincinnati

Finn Frandsen

Finn Frandsen
Professor, Director of Centre ASB Centre for Corporate Communication
Aahrus School of Business

Janet Fulk

Janet Fulk
Professor
University of Southern California

 

Shiv Ganesh
Senior Lecturer – Management Communication
Waikato Management School

H. L. (Bud) Goodall

H. L. (Bud) Goodall
Professor
Arizona State University

 

Leonard Hawes
Professor of Communication
University of Utah

Michele Jackson

Michele Jackson
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication
University of Colorado at Boulder

Winni Johansen

Winni Johansen
Associate Professor, ASB Centre for Corporate Communication
Aahrus School of Business

Colleen Keough

Colleen Keough
Associate Clinical Professor
University of Southern California

Timothy Kuhn

Timothy Kuhn
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder

 

John Lammers
Associate Professor, Director of Master's Program in Applied Communication
University of Illinois

Ben Lee

Ben Lee
Senior Lecturer
University of Southern California

Peter Monge

Peter Monge
Professor
University of Southern California

Dennis Mumby

Dennis Mumby
Professor and Chair, Organizational Communication
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Karen Myers

Karen Myers
Assistant Professor
University of California - Santa Barbera

Anne Nicotera

Anne Nicotera
Associate Professor of Communication
George Mason University

Marshall Scott Poole

Marshall Scott Poole
David and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, Senior Research Scientist, and Director of I-CHASS: The Institute for Computing
University of Illinois

Linda Putnam

Linda Putnam
Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera

Susan Resnick-West

Susan Resnick-West
Susan Resnick-West
University of Southern California

Patricia Riley

Patricia Riley
Associate Professor; Director, Global Communication master's degree program
University of Southern California

Cynthia Stohl

Cynthia Stohl
Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera

Michael Stohl

Michael Stohl
Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera

Rebecca Weintraub

Rebecca Weintraub
Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Communication Management program
University of Southern California

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Nashir Contractor
Nashir Contractor
Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the School of Engineering, School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University.
He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in communities. Specifically, his research team is developing and testing theories and methods of network science to map, understand and enable more effective networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, science and engineering communities, disaster response teams, public health networks, digital media and learning networks, and in virtual worlds, such as Second Life. His research program has been funded continuously for over a decade by major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Professor Contractor has published or presented over 250 research papers dealing with communicating and organizing. His book titled Theories of Communication Networks (co-authored with Professor Peter Monge and published by Oxford University Press in English and scheduled to be published by China Renmin University Press in simplified Chinese in 2008) received the 2003 Book of the Year award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association. He is the lead developer of IKNOW (Inquiring Knowledge Networks On the Web), and its Cyberinfrastructure extension CI-KNOW, a network recommender system to enable communities using cyberinfrastructure, as well as Blanche, a software environment to simulate the dynamics of social networks.
His papers have received Top Paper awards from the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. In 2000 he was awarded the Outstanding Member Award by the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association. He has served on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, Organization Science, and the World Wide Web Electronic Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
He has consulted with Procter & Gamble, Boeing, Charles Schwab, Fiat, Illinois Power, McKinsey Management Consulting, Merrill Lynch, Michigan Consolidated, National Cancer Institute, Paramount Pictures, the Utah Transit Authority, and Vodafone. He developed one of the first graduate and undergraduate “virtual” courses on "Emerging Technologies in the Workplace" to be webcast and cablecast by Jones International University. Internationally, Professor Contractor has also conducted workshops on social network analysis and the management of knowledge networks in China, Finland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
Professor Contractor holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (Chennai). He was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for twenty years prior to joining Northwestern in 2007.