Nic DePaula

Nic DePaula

Assistant Professor

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Nic DePaula


Nic DePaula joined the School of Information Sciences faculty in August 2019. He worked on his Ph.D. in Information Science at the State University of New York at Albany. His research addresses the challenges and benefits of information technology adoption in the public sector, the goals of government communication with the public, and social media use in government agencies. He is also interested in the quality of political communication on social media sites and media reporting on environmental information.

DePaula's research bridges distinct fields such as public administration, information science and political communication. He has previously worked at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as a GIS Analyst and as a research assistant for the Center for Technology in Government. His work has been published in journals including Government Information Quarterly, Social Science Computer Review, and First Monday. He also has presented at various conferences around the world. DePaula holds degrees in Geography and Urban Planning from SUNY Albany, and has taught courses on database management, information and society, and text mining.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Information Science, 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

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