Melissa Mazmanian, PhD

I am an Associate Professor in Informatics in the School of Information and Computer Sciences and Associate Professor in Organization and Management in the Paul Merage School of Management (joint) at University of California, Irvine. 


My interests revolve around the experience of communication technologies as used in-practice within organizational and personal contexts, specifically in relation to identity projection and the nature of time in the digital age. I have conducted a variety of ethnographic and qualitative research projects on the individual experience and social dynamics that emerge when people adapt to using wireless modes of communication and have a series of publications on these topics. 

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I teach a variety of interdisciplinary courses for the Department of Informatics and the Merage Business School and I have the pleasure of working with a variety of excellent doctoral students.

In the Fall of 2019 I will be 50% leave from the Department of Informatics as a I embark on a new research endeavor.

My Academic Background

I earned my PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2009 where I worked with Wanda Orlikowski and JoAnne Yates. I received my MSI in Information Economics, Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2002. I also completed a BA in 1997 in English Literature and Creative Writing at Colorado College.

POsitions I hold

In the Department of Informatics I currently serve as the Vice Chair for Graduate Affairs, Co-Faculty Director of the Masters in Human Computer Interaction and Design (MHCID) Program with the amazing Stacy Branham, and DECADE mentor for the department.

At UCI I also serve as the Co-Director for the Center for Organizational Research (COR).

Vice-Chair for Graduate Affairs

ICS graduate students, if you need information on our graduate curriculum, please check out this website. If you need my signature or would like to talk in person, my office hours are Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please make an appointment with me by email or drop by my office during these times. 


MHCID students and prospective students, if you need information about the program click here. If you have any specific questions reach out to the Program Director, Steve Hosaflook or Program Administrator, Adriana Avina.

Apply to be a student

If you are interested in applying to study as a graduate student in the Informatics department click here.

My Recent News

September, 2019

Check out this very cool article written by my student Sam McDonald about her research: “How Congress turns citizens’ voices into data points.” - written for The Conversation and picked up by The Chicago Tribune and several other venues.

September, 2019

Congratulations Dr. Alex Toll on your successful defense of your dissertation, Engaging Paradox in Situated Practice: A Study of Electronic Case Management in Family Law. Your work is timely and exciting. Committee: Melissa Mazmanian (Co-Chair), Gerardo Okhuysen (Co-Chair), and Sharon Koppman.

July, 2019

Sharon Koppman and I received a grant, “Examining the 'Class Ceiling' in Big Tech” from the Building Capacity in STEM Education Research Program at the National Science Foundation. Working with doctoral student Phoebe Chua, we will be examining the role of class background in the application and hiring process of software developer internships at Big Tech firms in order to understand if there is a “class ceiling” that acts as an invisible barrier to elite jobs in Big tech.

June, 2019

Ingrid Erickson and I received a grant, “Augmentation for Tomorrow: Expanding the Future Capacities of Independent Workers” from the Future of work at the Human-Technology Frontier initiative at the National Science Foundation. Along with doctoral student Hillary Abraham and a team at Syracuse, we will be conducting short ethnographic investigations with independent professionals in order to understand how they technologically augment their capacities in order to live full lives and strive for variety of human goals and values. 



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5092 Donald Bren Hall
Irvine, CA 92697

Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm

Photo Credit: Sharon Suh