Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn is an American University in Washington, DC. He has a joint professor appointment in the School of International Service, where he serves in the International Communication and International Development programs, and in the Kogod School of Business, where he serves in the Department of Information Technology & Analytics. He also serves as the founding Executive Director of the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), Faculty Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab (IGL), and Director of COTELCO, the Collaboration Laboratory.
Dr. Cogburn's multifaceted research interests intersect with information technology, global governance, and socioeconomic development. He uses a variety of computational text mining and data analytics approaches, including unsupervised and supervised machine learning and artificial intelligence methodologies, to better understand large-scale text-based datasets in cybersecurity, disability policy, and distributed collaboration in knowledge work.
He has published widely, with his most recent books being: Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures (MIT Press, 2020); Transnational Advocacy Networks in the Information Society: Partners or Pawns? (Palgrave-McMillan, 2017); Making Disability Rights Real in Southeast Asia: Implementing the CRPD in ASEAN (Lexington, 2016); and The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance (Palgrave-McMillan, 2016). He is the editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series Information Technology and Global Governance. He serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Policy Research Review, and Political Science Education.
Dr. Cogburn has been the principal investigator on grants from a wide variety of government, private sector, and foundation sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, Microsoft, Microsoft Research, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, JPMorgan Chase, the WK Kellogg Foundation, and The Nippon Foundation. He also served on the Committee of Visitors for the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation.
At Syracuse University, he was a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies and a Senior Research Associate at the Moynihan Institute at the Maxwell School. He is the past president of the Information, Technology, and Politics section of the American Political Science Association and of the International Communication section of the International Studies Association. He served as Executive Director of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission-Africa and Vice Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Howard University in Washington, DC, where he was a W.K. Kellogg doctoral fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.