Shulman Named Director of Fine Institute


Dr. Stuart ShulmanStuart Shulman, Assistant Professor, is named the Director of the Sara Fine Institute (SFI).  SFI was founded in honor of Sara Fine, a faculty member at SIS who conducted groundbreaking research on the impact of technology on interpersonal behavior.  The mission of the Institute is to examine the ways in which technology may affect our personal interactions, communications, and relationships with individuals and institutions.  SFI will utilize campus-community partnerships to undertake research on these social, political, ethical and educational issues.

Shulman holds a joint appointment in the School of Information Sciences and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also a Senior Research Associate at Pitt’s University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) and in the Université de Genève-, European University Institute-, and Oxford Internet Institute-based E-Democracy Centre. 

Dr. Shulman is the founder (2005) and Director of UCSUR’s Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP), which is a fee-for-service coding lab currently working on projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other U.S. funding agencies.  He has been the leader of several NSF-funded research projects focusing on electronic rulemaking, human language technologies, manual annotation, digital citizenship, and service-learning efforts in the United States.

Shulman will be bringing together research partners and teaching faculty from across the University of Pittsburgh to address pilot projects on topics such as human information processing and interpersonal relations in a range of contexts from schools and community centers to institutions of higher education and governments.  Those interested in learning more about the Sara Fine Institute should visit www.