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 governments communicate information to the public, in particular health and risk information, and how they implement information technologies to support this practice. His research has contributed to our knowledge of how government agencies use social media, how public health agencies communicate health and risk information online, and the use of text analytics in this domain.

Dr. DePaula's approach to research examines political, psychological and technological factors on information and communication practices by government agencies and via social media channels. His work has been applied to several important challenges, including analyses of US government provision of climate change information; developing information systems for visualizing industrial toxicants released into the environment; and assessments of media effects on health and risk communication, among 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 degrees in Geography and Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Albany. He has taught courses on information management, data analytics, media and society, 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

Depaula, N., Hagen, L., Roytman, S., Dyson, D., Alnahass, D., Mihir,P., Hill, A. (2022). A Framework of Social Media Messages for Crisis and Risk Communication: A Study of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2391-2400.

Harrison, T., Dumas, C., DePaula, N., Fake, T., May, W., Atrey, A., et al. (2022). Exploring e-Petitioning and Media: The Case of #BringBackOurGirlsGovernment Information Quarterly, 39(1), 101569.

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 7491 - Data Analytics
  • INF 7492 - Information Visualization
  • INF 7850 - Special Topics
       -  Information, Media & Society


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