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Dr. Kimberly Douglass is an Assistant Professor with the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee and Adjunct Faculty for the Journalism and Electronic Media Program also at the University of Tennessee. Douglass’ research interests include the interface between science and policy as well as information as a commodity. She is a co-leader for the DataONE Sociocultural Working Group. She recently co-authored a paper that appears in the online journal PLOS One about the data practices of scientists, as well as a paper in the Journal of Ecological Informatics about the DataONE Project. Douglass is the single author of a paper to be published in Libri entitled, “State of the Discourse: Teaching Information Ethics in Africa”

Dr. Douglass teaches masters courses on information environment, management of information organizations, and government documents. She is the faculty advisor to the University of Tennessee Special Libraries Association Student Chapter. She is also a member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley Teens Services Board.

Prior to becoming an assistant professor, Douglass was a post-doctoral research associate for NSF-funded DataONE. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office. Douglass earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (emphasis on environmental and natural resource policy) from the University of Tennessee in 2009. She earned a Masters of Public Administration from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from there as well.