Nic DePaula

Nic DePaula

Assistant Professor

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Nic DePaula


Nic DePaula is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences. Dr. DePaula studies how social, political, and technology factors impact how people and organizations communicate and act on environmental and health information. His work also contributes to how information and communication technologies can be used to support sustainable health and environmental policies.

Dr. DePaula's research has been applied to several important challenges, including developing systems for visualizing industrial releases of environmental toxicants; analyses of US federal government provision of climate change information; social media information diffusion in public health messaging during the Covid-19 pandemic; and others. Dr. DePaula runs the Lab for Health and Environmental Information (LHEI), which works to support this research and practice.

His research has been published in various journals including Government Information Quarterly, Social Science Computer Review, and First Monday, and has been presented at several national and international conferences. Dr. DePaula received his Ph.D. in Information Science, and degress in Geography and Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Albany. He has taught courses on information systems, information management, data analytics and others.

 Lab for Health and Environmental Information

 Google Scholar Profile


Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Information Science, 2020, State University of New York at Albany
  • Certificate in Applied Data Science with Python, 2019, University of Michigan
  • M.R.P. Master of Regional Planning, 2012, State University of New York at Albany
  • B.A. Geography, Summa cum laude, 2009, State University of New York at Albany

Office Location

300.23 Kresge Library

Recent Publications

Harrison, T., Dumas, C., DePaula, N., Fake, T., May, W., Atrey, A., et al. (2021). Exploring e-Petitioning and Media: The Case of #BringBackOurGirls. Government Information Quarterly.

DePaula, N. and Dincelli, E. (2018). Information strategies and affective reactions: How citizens interact with government social media content. First Monday, 23(4).

Luciano, J., Sayogo, D., Ran, W., DePaula, N., Jarman, H., et al. (2018). Building a certification and inspection data infrastructure to promote transparent markets. International Journal of Electronic Government Research, 13(4), 53-75.

DePaula, N., Dincelli, E. and Harrison, T. (2018). Toward a typology of government social media communication: Democratic goals, symbolic acts and self-presentation. Government Information Quarterly, 35(1), 98-108.

Hagen, L., Keller, T., Neely, S., DePaula, N., Cooperman, C. (2017). Crisis communications in the age of social media: A network analysis of zika-related tweets. Social Science Computer Review, 36(5), 523-541.

Courses taught

  • INF 6000 - Introduction to Information Management
  • INF 6080 - Fundamentals of Information Technology
  • INF 7440 - Scripting Languages
  • INF 7492 - Information Visualization
  • INF 7850 - Special Topics
       -  Information, Media & Society

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