I am the Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information (formerly the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, & Media) at Michigan State University. My research, teaching and writing focus on the digital economy. I have a particular interest in understanding and designing governance arrangements that help harness the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) while minimizing their potential downsides. This passion has resulted in a three-pronged research program on the local, national, and global governance of ICTs, their economics and management, and their effects on individuals, groups, and society at large.
Our research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and other private and public organizations including the Department of Commerce (DoC). In addition to my academic roles, I serve on the Boards of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC), the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), and LIRNEasia. Moreover, I serve as an associate editor of the interdisciplinary journal Telecommunications Policy and on the editorial boards of several other international peer-reviewed journals. I am a regular speaker at national and international conferences and have served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.
Recent research articles were published in Telecommunications Policy, Government Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Applied Economics, the International Journal of Communication, Information Systems Frontiers, Info, and the International Telecommunications Policy Review. A book co-edited with Volker Schneider and Achim Lang, University of Konstanz, Germany, on Innovation Policy and Governance of High-Tech Industries was published in 2012 by Springer. Among other projects, I am currently editing a Handbook on the Economics of the Internet with my colleague Michael Latzer at the University of Zurich, to be published by Edward Elgar.