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Derrick L. Cogburn

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Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn holds a faculty appointment at American University (AU), where he is Associate Professor of International Relations in the International Communication Program at the School of International Service. Dr. Cogburn serves as Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). He directs the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO). COTELCO is an affiliated center of the Burton Blatt Institute: Centers of Innovation on Disability, where Dr. Cogburn serves on the Leadership Council.

Dr. Cogburn is also a principal and member of the Scientific Committee of the Internet Governance Project; founding board member and former Vice Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network; and a former faculty member of the Syracuse University Africa Initiative. He also serves on the Committee of Visitors for the National Science Foundation, Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Previously, Dr. Cogburn was on the faculty at the School of Information at the University of Michigan; the Executive Director of GIIC Africa for the Global Information Infrastructure Commission; and on the faculty as Associate Professor of Information at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He is the past president of the Information Technology and Politics section of the American Political Science Association, as well as past president of the International Communication section of the International Studies Association.

In addition, Dr. Cogburn has served as an adjunct professor at the International School of Information Management at the University of Mysore in southern India, and as adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Cogburn is the editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series on Information Technology and Global Governance. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, two edited books, seven book chapters, over 31 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 21 working papers and public scholarship, and has delivered myriad invited lectures and conference presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Cogburn received his PhD in political science from Howard University in 1996 where he was a W.K. Kellogg doctoral fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.