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Michael Zimmer, Ph.D.

Michael Zimmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Director, CIPR

611310 School of Information Studies
Office:NWQB 2531
Phone:(414) 229-3627
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Michael Zimmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor &
Director, Center for Information Policy Research


Ph.D., Media, Culture and Communication New York University

M.A., Media Ecology New York University

B.B.A., Marketing University of Notre Dame


With a background in new media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and information policy, Zimmer studies the social, political, and ethical dimensions of new media and information technologies. His research and teaching focuses on:
- Ethics and Information Technology
- Information Policy
- Web Search Engines
- Web 2.0 and Library 2.0
- Privacy and Surveillance Theory
- Information and Web Literacy
- Access to Knowledge
- Internet Research Ethics

Zimmer received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University under the guidance of Profs. Helen Nissenbaum, Alex Galloway, and Siva Vaidhyanathan. His dissertation research was supported by an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant.

Zimmer was a Student Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law from 2004-2007, and was the Microsoft Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School for 2007-2008. He joined UW-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies in 2008.

Courses Taught

110 Introduction to Information Science
120 Information Technology Ethics
490 Senior Capstone
691 The Search Engine Society
960 Doctoral Seminar in Information Policy

Sample Publications

Zimmer, M. (2010). "But the data is already public”: On the ethics of research in Facebook. Ethics and Information Technology, 12(3)

Zimmer, M. (2010). Web Search Studies: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Web Search Engines. In J. Hunsinger, M. Allen, and L. Klastrup (Eds.), International Handbook of Internet Research. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Zimmer, M. (2009). Renvois of the past, present and future: hyperlinks and the structuring of knowledge from the Encyclopédie to Web 2.0. New Media & Society, 11(1&2), 107-125.

Spink, A., & Zimmer, M. (Eds.). (2008). Web Search: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.