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 how information and communication technologies are used to address and mititage environmental and public health risks. Currently, his research is focused on how government organizations use social media to communicate about environmental and health risks; the public understanding of health and environmental risks; and how information systems and information policies impact these risks and related behavior.

His research examines how social and psychological factors implicate information systems, information policies and communication practices aimed at improving environmental and public health. This research approach has been applied to several important challenges, including developing systems for visualizing environmental toxicants, analyses of government provision of environmental information, crisis communication on social media, and others. Dr. DePaula runs the Lab for Health and Environmental Information (LHEI), which works on developing information systems to support knowledge on public and environmental health.

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 he has taught courses on information systems, data management, text mining 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. (accepted). E-Petitioning and Online 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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