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 is a social scientist studying risk communication, government communication and the public understanding of health and environmental risks. Currently, his research is focused on how government and public health agencies use social media to communicate about climate change risks, as well as public health emergency risks such as the COVID-19 pandemic. His work also focuses on the implementation of information systems and information policies to communicate and increase public understanding of health and environmental risks.

Dr. DePaula's research examines how social, political, psychological and media factors impact how governments, organizations and the public communicate and understand environmental and public health risks. This research has been applied to several important challenges, including developing systems for visualizing releases of environmental toxicants, analyses of US federal government provision of climate change information, social media communication during the 2015-2016 Zika public health emergency, and others. Dr. DePaula runs the Lab for Health and Environmental Information (LHEI), which works on research and information systems to support knowledge about public health and environmental risks.

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 from the State University of New York at Albany, and has taught courses on information systems, data management, data analysis 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., 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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