Meghan L. Dowell 


Ph.D., Information Studies                                                  

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Dissertation Title: Manipulation as Moderation: Platform Users’ Knowledge of Algorithmically Filtered Content

Committee Chair: Dr. Nadine I. Kozak

M.S., Library and Information Science

Long Island University, Brookville, NY

B.S., Economics                                                                

Portland State University, Portland, OR

ABD, projected Fall 2022




Assistant Professor of Information Policy

University of Kentucky, College of Communication and Information

August 2022 - Current

Research Analyst, Public Tech Leadership Collaborative

Data & Society, New York, NY

March 2022 - July 2022

Supports the development of essential content (e.g. explainers that break down the technical and social elements of a problem) and practical guidance documents (e.g. checklists, tip-sheets, annotating proposed solutions) that help explain or contextualize research for government decision-makers. Supports the development and execution of a monthly learning curriculum for government decision-makers. Supports the design and implementation of various engagement activities, like training and interactive workshops. Manages the development of the program’s newsletter, which will synthesize new research, contextualize the news with research, help reframe existing policies, interview researchers in the network about the policy implications of their work, promote best practices in government and promote policy-relevant D&S research in creative ways (e.g. an audio conversation).

Teaching and Learning Librarian

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

October 2018 - March 2022

Coordinates first-year library instruction for 80 sections of first-year seminar and English 170 annually, and develops a research-based curriculum for general education courses. Liaisons with Education, Psychology, Communication, Philosophy, and Graphic Design for research support.  Research design, literature review support, and instruction for Graduate Education and Behavioral Health students. Works closely with campus stakeholders to improve library services and access to content.

Pioneer Scholar Faculty Mentor

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

Summer 2021

Co-developed and oversaw qualitative research to learn how algorithmically targeted advertising affects the self-image of women and women-aligned folks on Facebook and Instagram. The study used Qualtrics to collect data and descriptive statistics for analysis. While the data is preliminary, complete analysis will be published as a journal article.

Adjunct Instructor

General Education and Communication

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

August 2019 - Current

The cross-cultural studies courses are part of the core curriculum and provide a space for students to explore their own identity while expanding their understanding of hegemonic power within society. Cross-cultural experience (CCS300) explored communities and culture to better learn how to be an active participant in society. Global Perspectives Colloquium (CCS400) used intellectual freedom as a lens for students to further explore their major.

Media Literacy (COM140) helps students analyze media content—verbal as well as visual—so that they can more responsibly engage in a democratic society. The course examines the evolution of mass communication in the United States, with special focus on how people can be more critical consumers of media content.

Adjunct Instructor

School of Information Studies,

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

January 2020 - Current

The Search Engine Society (INFOST674) is a graduate-level seminar that critically examines the nature of search engines and their role in our information society and reveals the unique challenges they bring to bear on information organization and retrieval, information institutions, information policy, law, and ethics.

Consulting Librarian

Beloit College, Beloit, WI

December 2013 - September 2018

Served as the generalist librarian, consulting and collaborating with faculty on their individual research, developed research assignments, and worked to promote research services to undergraduate students. Liaised with Economics, Critical Identity Studies, Sociology, and Psychology. Embedded into the community-based learning program to guide research design and provide literature review support.

Manager, Sales Operations Americas        

Discovery Services Liaison        

Springer Science + Business Media, New York, NY

March 2011 - December 2013

February - December 2013

Managed the operational end of the sales team to implement software to increase customer engagement and profit. Served as a technical writer for SAP Customer Retention Management (CRM) database system upgrades. Led global user testing and training for CRM software. Proficient at SAP Business Intelligence report writing and analysis. Worked closely with the internal metadata team to provide up-to-date records to discovery services and authored the organization’s guide to discovery services.



Dowell, Meghan L. 2021. "Masked by Trust: Bias in Library Discovery. By Matthew Reidsma." Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62(2), pp. 232–233

Bridges, Laurie M., and Meghan L. Dowell. 2020. “A perspective on Wikipedia: Approaches for educational use.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 46 (3).

Dowell, Meghan L. and Laurie Bridges. 2019. “A perspective on Wikipedia: Your students are here, why aren’t you?Journal of Academic Librarianship 45 (2): 81-83.

Alhumaidan, Yazeed, Meghan L. Dowell, Jean Rene, Lisa Leverett, Laura Ridenour, Vanessa Schlais, Shengang Wang, and Richard P. Smiraglia. 2018. “Knowledge Organization and the 2017 UDC Seminar: An Editorial.Knowledge Organization 45 (4): 273–80.

Book Chapters:

Willoughby, Lydia and Meghan L. Dowell. “Strategies for Success: Building LibApps in Moodle (that Students will Actually Use).” in Innovative LibGuides Applications: Real World Examples, edited by Ryan Sitter. Rowman and Littlefield. 2016.


Presentations - International:

Dowell, Meghan L. 2018. “Academic Freedom and the Liberal Arts Librarian.” Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Presentations - National:

Dowell, Meghan L., Wiles, Bradley, Schlais, Vanessa, and Yan, Xiaohan. 2021. “Teaching the Teachers: What’s Missing in LIS Doctoral Teacher Education?” ALISE, virtual conference.

Dowell, Meghan L. 2019. “7(ish) Steps to Organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon.” WiLSWorld in Madison, WI.

Dowell, Meghan L. 2018. “Decentering Search: A Collaborative Approach to Creating Asset-Based Activities“. Information Literacy Summit in Moraine Valley, IL.

Bhasin, Anjali and Meghan L. Dowell. 2017. “Presenting Your Best Self: Interview Tips From People Who Know“. Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Dowell, Meghan L. and Jedidiah Rex. 2016. “Team Work Makes the Dream Work”. Library Technology Conference (LibTech) in St. Paul, MN.

Johnson, Benjamin, Charlie Remy, and Meghan L. Dowell. 2014. “Playing Nicely Together: the ins and outs of improving metadata for libraries, content providers, and discovery services vendors”. Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) in Austin, TX.

Posters - National:

Dowell, Meghan L. 2017. “Zines as a Teaching Tool”. Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Dowell, Meghan L. 2015. “LibGuides: Strategies for Success”. Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) in Manitowoc, WI.


Masters Level:

Search Engine Society, INFOST 674                              

School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Spring 2020 (in-person to synchronous),

Summer 2021 (asynchronous)

Undergraduate Level:

Communities in Culture, CCS300      

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

Media Literacy, COM140        

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

Revising Italy - Travel Writing in the Italian Tradition, CCS300

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

Global Senior Colloquium: Intellectual Freedom, CCS400

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI

Information Economy                                                    

Beloit College, Beloit, WI

First-Year Seminar: Fake News

Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Foundations of Research                                  

Upward Bound

Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Fall 2021

Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2017; 2018

Fall 2017

Summer 2016; 2017; 2020

Teaching Assistant:

Information Access and Retrieval, INFOST 571

School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Research Methods in Information Studies, INFOST 799

School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Fall 2018

Spring 2019


The Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) Research Institute

Certificate in Course Design                        

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Badge in Online & Blended Teaching                

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee





New Leader, 2019
Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, 2018-2021        

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

WeLead Protégé, 2015-2016

Wisconsin Library Association

Beta Phi Mu, 2012

LIS Honor Society


To University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, School of Information Studies


To Carroll University Library

To Carroll University


To Beloit College Library

To Beloit College


 To the Profession


Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)RENCES