The Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative brings together faculty and students from Communications, Computing and Information Science, Law, and the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. We consult and engage in theoretical and applied research about using technology to make policymaking more democratic, efficient, and effective.

CeRI Researchers

Claire Cardie

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Science

Claire Cardie is an internationally renowned expert in the area of natural language processing, her work develops algorithms and systems that improve a user’s ability to find, absorb, and extract information from on-line text.

Dan Cosley

Associate Professor, Department of Information Science

Dan Cosley does research around human-computer interaction and social media.  His high-level research goal is to build systems that leverage people's pre-existing behavior in digital media to create new individual and social goods.

Cynthia Farina

McRoberts Research Professor in Administration of the Law

Cynthia Farina's scholarship and teaching focuses on administrative law and electronic government, the presidency, and due process and separation of powers.

Susan Fussell

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science

Susan Fussell research focuses on interpersonal communication in face-to-face and computer-mediated contexts. Her goals are to enhance our theoretical understanding of the mechanisms involved in conversational discourse and to apply this theory to the design and evaluation of new communications technologies.

Sally Klingel

Director of Labor-Management Programs, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolultion

Sally Klingel specializes in the design and implementation of collaborative conflict and negotiation processes in public and private sector workplaces, state and local government entities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Gilly Leshed

Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the MPS Program, Department of Information Science

Gilly Leshed's research and teaching interests are in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), in which she uses quantitative and qualitative studies and technology design to examine how individuals and groups accomplish tasks and socialize and the roles information technology plays in these interactions. 

Charles Whitehead

Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Charles Whitehead specializes in the law of financial markets, financial regulation and corporate governance, he is part of the leadership team of the Clarke Business Law Institute at Cornell.

Other Senior Personnel

Mary Newhart, Executive Director of CeRI, came to the team from the Scheinman Institute for Conflict Resolution in the ILR School. Her research focuses on the application of traditional group facilitation techniques to the online environment and the use of technology to support asynchronous consensus building.

Brian Post is the Lead Technologist for CeRI. He has developed web-based solutions for a variety of environments including corporate, small business, and start-up. In his current role, he supports CeRI research through enhancement and further development of their custom platforms and applications.

Post-Graduate Fellows and Graduate Students

Cheryl Blake is the 2013-15 e-Government Fellow at Cornell Law School. She has worked with the CeRI project since May 2011. Cheryl received her J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2013.

Jason Xiaotian Dou is a graduate of Peking University and is working on his Masters in Information Science at Cornell University.

Brian McInnis studies team problem solving and group dynamics through doctoral research as part of the Cornell University, Information Science Department. Prior to Cornell, Brian researched issues in K-12 education policy, national security, and predictive policing through work at the RAND Corporation (2009 – 2013). Otherwise, Brian enjoys long walks on the beach, baking bread, and big data.

Elizabeth Murnane is a PhD student in the department of Information Science. She studies how systems can be made more aware of individual users’ abilities, activities, contexts, and social connections.

Chaebong Nam is the 2014-2015 CeRI Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her PhD in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on community informatics (technology-based community inquiry) and civic learning in the digital age.

Joon Park is a PhD student in the department of Computer Science. His research focuses on the use of natural language processing to identify substantiation of claims in online text.

Affiliated Researchers

Josiah Heidt is an affiliated researcher with CeRI and was the 2011-2012 e-Government Fellow at the Cornell Law School. He is currently a Judicial Law Clerk at United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and serves as the co-chair for the ABA's Administrative Law Section's e-Government Committee.

Jackeline Solivan is an affiliated researcher with CeRI and was the 2012-13 e-Government Fellow at the Cornell Law School. She is currently a staff attorney with Legal Services NYC.

Rebecca Vernon is an affiliated researcher with CeRI and was the 2010-2011 e-Government Fellow at the Cornell Law School. She is currently a Program Officer, Consultant, and Legal Fellow at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. Rebecca, who has been part of the RegulationRoom project from the outset, has presented research from the project to the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Division Conference, as well as to several smaller groups of government agency experts.

The Student Team - Fall 2014

Joshua Brooks

Russell Heller

Andrew Lai

Caitlin Lucey

Rose Petoskey

Arjun Ravi

Steven Suozzi