Inna Kouper is Associate Scientist at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and Data Analyst at the Center for Survey Research at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research focuses on emerging technologies, digital media, and data practices. She works on interdisciplinary projects that promote open science, data preservation, and data sharing. Additionally, she applies her language and regional expertise to analyze digital narratives.
Dr. Kouper earned a PhD in sociology from the Institute of Sociology, Moscow, Russia in 2001, and a PhD in information science from Indiana University in 2011. She has published on topics related to digital technologies, including hypertext, biotechnology, big data, data curation, and social media. Her current projects explore interdisciplinarity and collaboration in science and the history of research on shared and common-pool resources. Dr. Kouper is an active member of professional organizations including the Research Data Alliance (RDA), the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). She teaches a course "Data management, access, and use in big and complex data" and mentors students from groups underrepresented in STEM.
In addition to her social science and information science expertise, Dr. Kouper has strong leadership and community development skills. She applies these skills in community consultancy projects to amplify the impact of her research.