Jana Diesner is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences/ the iSchool at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research in Social Computing, Human-Centered Data Science and Responsible Computing combines the benefits of large-scale data analytics with the consideration of social contexts and ethical concerns.
In her work, Diesner combines methods from network science, natural language processing and machine learning with theories from the social sciences, humanities and linguistics to advance knowledge and discovery about interaction-based and information-based systems. She holds courtesy appointments at the Department of Computer Science, the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3), the Information Trust Institute (ITI), and the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at UIUC. She also serves as the Director of the iSchool's PhD program. Diesner has a PhD from the Computation, Organizations and Society (COS) program at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science.
Recognition for her research expertise includes appointments as the CIO Scholar for Information Research and Technology at Illinois (2018) and the Natural Language Processing Expert in Residence for the Champaign Research Park (2018), a Linowes Fellowship from the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research (2018), a Faculty Fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois (2015), and a fellow in the Dori J. Maynard Senior Research Fellows program (2016).