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Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Meghan Dougherty

Meghan Dougherty, Ph.D. 

Program Director Master's in Communication: Digital Media and Storytelling;
Assistant Professor in Digital Communication

Office #: School of Communication 223D
Telephone: 312.915.8834
E-mail: mdougherty@luc.edu

Meghan Dougherty (PhD, Communication, University of Washington, 2007) joined the faculty at the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication as an Assistant Professor in Digital Communication in 2010. In 2011 she was name the program director for the new SOC master's program: Digital Media and Storytelling. She teaches courses in digital research methods, digital culture, communication technology, and communication theory

Dr. Dougherty studies e-research and digital cultural heritage. Her research focuses on preservation and interpretation of web culture, collaboration tools to aid knowledge production, and web archiving as emerging ‌cyberinfrastructure for e-research. Her current work focuses on the evolution of archival practices. She is working to trace the evolution of web archiving in scholarly practice, and to suggest that emerging techniques of archiving require a new interpretation of the archive itself as a co-authored, social and communicative medium.

Before joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Dougherty was a researcher for Webarchivist.org. As a member of the Webarchivist team, Dougherty participated in a number of projects including the September 11 Web Archive, the Election 2002 Web Archive, Internet and Elections, and the Web Campaigning Digital Supplement. Her contributions with the team include designing and building web-based exhibits from web archives; conceptualizing, testing, and documenting Webarchivist research software; supporting data collection and analysis; and training researchers in methods and software. She built Wayfinder, a personalizable research interface for web archives, as an addition to the Webarchivist suite of research tools. She continues to work with Webarchivist to explore archival practices for the web.

Dougherty also held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS). She conducted preliminary research and analysis for a report on the uses of web archives in humanities and social science research. This report led to the Research Engagement with Web Archives project, in which Dougherty works with her VKS colleagues and scholars at the Oxford Internet Institute to further preliminary explorations into the use of web archives in research. This project is funded by the UK-based Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

In addition to her research positions, Dougherty previously taught graduate courses in information ethics, information theory and information technology at SUNYIT’s Information Design and Technology program.



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Water Tower Campus · Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.6548 · Fax: 312.915.6955
E-mail: LoyolaSOC@luc.edu

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