Peekhaus earned a Doctorate in Library and Information Science in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (Canada). Peekhaus comes to SOIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois where he was the 2008-10 Information in Society Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2003, he earned a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from McGill University in Montréal, Quebec.
Peekhaus’ doctoral study primarily focused on the biotechnology community and information policy in Canada. In 2008, he successfully defended his dissertation, Canada’s Biotechnology Strategy: Struggles on the Knowledge Commons. At Illinois, he taught courses in information policy. In addition to numerous international conference presentations both within and beyond LIS, his work has been published by the Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of Information Ethics, and Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society.
“This is new ground for SOIS and we’re eager to welcome Wilhelm to our team,” said Center for Information Policy Research Director Elizabeth Buchanan. At SOIS, Peekhaus will help enhance the research profile of the school while also teaching graduate level courses. “Wilhelm brings a lot of experience with him to SOIS, and we know that he’ll play a big part in advancing our reputation as a leader in information policy.”
“Bringing in Wilhelm is a big step for SOIS,” said SOIS Interim Hope A. Olson. “With our recent grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and a postdoctoral program in place, SOIS has cemented its academic reputation as a leader in library and information science research.”