News / Jung Sun Oh and James D. Currier join the iSchool faculty


Students will see several new faces among the faculty here at the iSchool.  In addition to Susan “Leigh” Star and Geoffrey Bowker, we welcome Jung Sun Oh and James D. “Kip” Currier to the School’s faculty. Oh and Currier will teach in the Library & Information Science Program.

Jung Sun Oh comes to Pitt from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she undertook her doctoral studies.  Her dissertation is entitled “Network Analysis of Shared Interests Represented by Social Bookmarking Behaviors.” Ms. Oh earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, after which she worked for the Korea Education & Research Information Service. Her publications have been featured in First Monday, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the Journal of the Korean Society for Information Management.  Oh’s research interests include social information tools, social informatics, information behaviors on the Web, digital libraries, and metadata.

James Currier (Kip) joined the faculty of the School of Information Sciences in August, after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor for a year. Currier, who also holds his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law, was awarded his PhD in Library and Information Science in 2007. His doctoral dissertation was on “Greedy for Facts: Charles Darwin’s Information Needs and Behaviors.” His work has also been published in New Directions in Human Information Behavior (Spink & Cole, 2006) and in the Journal of Documentation. Dr. Currier will serve as the Principal Investigator for the Mellon Diversity Initiative, a multi-year project to identify and mentor members of under-represented groups for faculty positions and careers in Library and Information Science. The Initiative is supported by a significant planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.