PhD Graduates: Where are they now?

Faculty of Information PhD graduates have gone on to play prominent roles in academia, industry, government and the non-profit sector

Here’s a look at how some of the Faculty of Information’s doctoral graduates are putting their expertise to work post-PhD. If you would like to be included on this page or to update your information, please email


Elisha Lim, Provosts’ Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice 


Niel Chah, Data Scientist, Microsoft

Katie Mackinnon, Postdoctoral Fellow, CLIR Community Data + Critical Digital Humanities Initiative, University of Toronto

Camille-Mary Sharp, Faculty Fellow, Program in Museum Studies, New York University 

Julian Posada, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Yale University 


Jamila Ghaddar, Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University 

Emily Maemura, Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Michel Mersereau, Senior Management Consultant with the City of Toronto, Telecommunications and Regulatory Policy 

Sandrena Raymond, Research Fellow, Art Canada Institute; & Research Grants Officer, Western University 


Jack Jamieson, Research Associate. NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan 

Jessica Lapp, Strategic Research Development Officer, Office of the Vice Principal Research, University of Toronto Mississauga  

Karen Dewart McEwen, Academic Development Editor, KDM Editing  

Rebecca Noone, Assistant Professor [Sept. 1, 2023], Department of Information Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY  

Rianka Singh, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies, York University 


Gabby Resch, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Ontario Tech University 

Daniel Southwick, Senior UX Researcher at Autodesk 


Sandra Danilovic, Assistant Professor, Game Design and Development, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University   

Hervé Saint-Louis, Associate Professor of Emerging Media, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada 

Christopher Young, Librarian and Head, Collections & Digital Scholarship, University of Toronto Mississauga 


Glen Farrelly, Assistant Professor of Business Communication, Faculty of Business, Athabasca University 

Jenna Jacobson, Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University  

Dirk Rodenburg, Adjunct Professor, Queen’s University; Senior Advisor, Psiphon Inc. 

Ashley Scarlett, Assistant Professor, School of Critical & Creative Studies, Alberta University of Arts  

Matthew Wells, Adjunct Instructor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University  


Harrison Smith, Lecturer in Digital Media & Society, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield 

Rhon Teruelle, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication & Creative Arts,
Purdue University Northwest  


Danielle Allard, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta

ginger coons, Principal Lecturer and Senior Researcher, AI-MAPS, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam

Diane Dechief, Full-time Faculty Lecturer in Science Communication, Faculty of Science, McGill University 

Rebecka Sheffield, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Digital Service; Adjunct Professor, UBC School of Information 

Hannah Turner, Assistant Professor, UBC School of Information 


Lysanne Lessard, Associate Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Lisa Quirke, Business Analysis and Information Management, City of Toronto  


Brenda McPhail, Director, Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association 

Karen Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Popular Culture & Film, Brock University  


Amy Marshall Furness, Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head, Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario 


Colin Furness, Assistant Professor (teaching stream), Faculty of Information, University of Toronto 

Sambhavi Chandrashekar, Senior Accessibility Lead at D2L Corporation (formerly Desire2Learn)


Joseph Ferenbok, Associate Professor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Director and founder of the Translational Research Program (TRP), University of Toronto

Rhonda McEwen, President and Vice-Chancellor, Victoria University, the University of Toronto