Dr. Ann Peterson Kemp


Ann Peterson-Kemp is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. She lives in Sequim, Washington and works as a research and project consultant, with expertise in community informatics and youth. For more than two decades, Ann has collaborated with extraordinary grassroots community organizations devoted to social justice, from whom she continues to learn participatory and emancipatory approaches to discovery, learning, and action. Her partners include SisterNet, Illinois Public Radio, the Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club, Booker T. Washington elementary school, and El Centro (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois); the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, and Batey Urbano (Chicago); and the Seattle Public Library, Horn of Africa Services, and Northwest Communities of Burma (Seattle). She also has international experience in the form of two Fulbright appointments (Finland and Brazil). Inspired by the Community Inquiry theory and practice of Jane Addams and John Dewey, Ann is familiar with building innovative and inter-institutional collaborations that cross-industry, university, and community boundaries. Ann is the Co-Founder of Prairienet Community Network, founding Director of the SOAR after school program for Spanish-speaking immigrant children, and Director of the Community Informatics Initiative at the University of Illinois. She served as a research consultant with Dr. Karen Fisher’s InfoMe program, which uses teen collaborative design to understand the information helping the behavior of immigrant and refugee youth. Ann’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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