Bryan Semaan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, where he serves as a co-director of the Behavior-Information-Technology-Society (BITS) Lab with his fantastic colleagues Jennifer Stromer-Galley and Jeff Hemsley. He is interested in the general areas of computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), and social computing/social media.
Bryan’s research lies broadly at the intersection of the computer sciences and the social sciences. Fundamentally, he studies how people both appropriate, and are shaped by, technology in their daily lives. In other words, on a broad level, he is interested in understanding the ways in which technology is changing society, and the social and cultural practices surrounding technology use and design.
More specifically, his research investigates how and under what circumstances Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are used (or not) in critical civic contexts, such as during crises or for political decision-making. Focusing on diverse populations and cultures, his research integrates qualitative, quantitative and computational analysis to understand the social impacts of technology use in these critical civic contexts, as well as to identify and potentially pursue impactful design opportunities that empower and/or improve the lives of citizens.
Bryan and his students are currently working on (and have planned) several projects in this domain. To learn more about specific projects, please navigate to the following page: research projects. If you are interested in accessing published articles, please navigate to the publications section, or visit his Google Scholar Profile.
Before coming to Syracuse, Bryan was a Postdoc in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he collaborated with Dr. Scott Robertson. He obtained his Ph.D from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he worked with Dr. Gloria Mark. He also graduated with a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from UCI in 2005.