Board Members (2016-2017)

Florida State University

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Information at Florida State University. Prior to joining the iSchool faculty at Florida State, I was a Fellow and Assistant Director in the IT Team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. My primary research interests include digital government, social and organizational informatics, information management and policy, technological innovation, public management, social science research methods, and applied statistics. I am particularly interested in how public organizations employ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to alter organizational processes and structures and how the use of ICT ultimately impacts institutional governance mechanisms. My research has appeared in journals such as Library and Information Science Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Administration and Society, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and ¬IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. I currently serve as an Associate Editor of the journal Government Information Quarterly.

I have been actively involved with The Digital Government Society for several years and co-chaired the Organizational Factors, Adoption Issues and Digital Government Impacts research track at the annual conference since 2013. My interest in becoming a board member is to assist in building and sustaining the society’s reach among a broader group of digital government scholars. In particular, I wish to contribute by leading the Journal Relations Committee in pursuing relationships with journals and increasing the broader market for digital government scholarship. Digital government scholarship is found across a wide array of research fields such as public administration, management, political science, information science, computer science, and technology management. The future growth and impact of the society is inherently linked to creating additional relationships with journals and publication outlets from such research fields.

Karen Mossberger
Arizona State University

Karen Mossberger is Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.  Her research interests include local governance, urban policy, digital inequality, evaluation of broadband programs and e-government.  Her most recent books are Digital Cities:  The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity (Oxford University Press 2012, with C. Tolbert and W. Franko), as well as the Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics (2012, with S. Clarke and P. John), which includes contributions from around the globe.  Previous books include Digital Citizenship:  The Internet, Society and Participation (Mossberger, Tolbert and McNeal 2008, MIT Press) Virtual Inequality:  Beyond the Digital Divide(Mossberger, Tolbert and Stansbury 2003, Georgetown University Press), and The Politics of Ideas and the Spread of Enterprise Zones(2000, Georgetown University Press).  “Race, Place, and Information Technology” won the best paper award for the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association in 2005.

Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Chicago Community Trust, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, among others. She is a series editor for Georgetown University Press and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Policy, Local Government Studies, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.  She was also the 2009-2010 President of the Urban Politics Section and will be the 2014-2015 President of the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
Lukasz  Porwol
NUI Galway, Ireland

Lukasz Porwol is a Researcher at Insight, NUI Galway – The Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland (formerly Digital Enterprise Research Institute). His research work focuses on e-Government, e-Participation and Social Media. In particular Lukasz investigates the impact of social technologies on governance. Lukasz is currently a lecturer at J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics – NUI Galway. He is an experienced leader; consultant and developer involved in multiple initiatives. Lukasz has a broad experience in leading research groups while working on various research projects funded by EU Commission. Lukasz has experience in successful acquisition of funding from EU Commission and enterprise funding bodies. Since recently, Lukasz is an officer at Open Data Institute node in Ireland. He has been a registered Mendeley (Elsevier) advisor. Moreover Lukasz is a director at the Computer & Communications Museum of Ireland Limited.

I would be delighted to join the DGS board. I have been a member of DGS since 2012 and would be more than happy to contribute more. As a DGS board member, apart from my e-Government domain knowledge and academic skills, I would certainly bring expertise in social engagement and dissemination. My past experience in dissemination (as a dissemination leader) and citizen-engagement in EU research projects could bring new value to the marketing and dissemination strategy of DGS. I believe my open and positive nature, rich, cross-domain network, combined with opportunity to travel often to conferences and events would allow me to expand the DGS network and enable new collaborations. Therefore as a board member I could certainly contribute to Communication and Liaison committees. However I am will be ready to support other committees as well (especially Linking Research and Government Management and Sponsorship committees). I believe the upcoming DG.O conference in Shanghai would be certainly an opportunity for me to contribute to DGS in various areas listed above.

University of Hawaii Manoa, USA

I am an Associate Professor in the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii. My background is in Cognitive Science, my general area of research is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and my specific research activities right now involve the use of social networks for civic engagement. I became interested in digital government after studying the “butterfly ballot” incident in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. With the help of a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) award, I worked on the design and evaluation of digital searching and browsing environments to support voter decision-making. I was privileged to participate in invited workshops on electronic voting at both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Telecommunications Board of the National Academies of Science. I am currently at the beginning of another NSF project to study the use of social networking technology during upcoming U.S. election periods.

I have been involved with the DGSNA since 2006 and served on the conference program committee in 2010, 2011, and 2012. I have served as a HICSS (Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences) minitrack co-chair every year since 2008, and was the lead member of the the HICSS e-Government Symposium committee for 2011 and 2012. I have also served on the program committees of ICEGOV and Communities & Technologies. Outside of the digital goverment area, I have always been deeply involved with the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interation (ACM-SIGCHI), including co-chairing their conference in 1995.

My driving motivations for working in this area are to understand how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be utilized by citizens for purposes of political and civic participation, and to help in the design and evaluation of systems with which citizens are involved. I try to advocate for involving all stakeholders, including and especially citizens, in the design, deployment, and evaluation of digital government and e-participation systems.

Rodrigo Sandoval
Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazan is Associate Professor of Social and Political Sciences Faculty of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) based in  Toluca, México. He has been professor of the Graduate School of Public Administration (EGAP) and Business Administration (EGADE) of the Institute of Technology and Superior Studies of Monterrey (ITESM), Campus Estado de Mexico. He is a member of the National Researchers System Level 2. He has authored or coauthored more than 30 research papers and the book Building Digital Government Strategies (2017). In 2013 he won the 2nd Latin American Award for Public Administration (INAP). Dr. Sandoval Almazan is a member of NovaGob and some editorial boards of e-government journals such as Government Information Quarterly, IJPADA. His research interests include e-government metrics, information technology organizations, social media in government, and open government.


Clark University, USA

I am an Associate Professor of Management at Clark University. My research focuses on the interaction between information systems and organizations, particularly in inter-organizational information and knowledge sharing efforts in public sector. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, I explore the questions of trust development, leadership paradoxes, social capital, collaboration models, and governance structure in situations where inter-organizational information integrations are involved. My more recent research takes upon the issue of sustainability, and investigate the role of information integration in enabling sustainable consumption, and social technical adoption of smart-grid technologies. My research is published in European Journal of Information Systems, Government Information Quarterly, Public Performance and Management Review, Information Technology and Management, among others; and I have edited special issues for Government Information Systems, Information Polity, and Information Technology and Management. My work has been supported by US National Science Foundation, Mosakowski Institute of Public Enterprise, and Chongqing Bureau of Education in China.

My involvement with the Digital Government Society (DGS) can be traced back to 2009, when I started to be involved in the organization of the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o) as a member of North American Digital Government Working Group. I served as a tutorial and workshops co-chair from 2009-2012, and program co-chair from 2013-2015. In addition, I served as a HICSS (Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences) E-Government Service and Information minitrack co-chair from 2007-2013. My motivations to be more involved in the Society is based on the attachment that I have developed over the years while organizing and attending the conferences. It is inspiring and rewarding to work with a community of highly engaged and active scholars and practitioners, and it is my wish to see that this community continues to grow and develop as it is transforming into a global society. If elected, my effort would focus on building connections, fostering cross-boundary collaboration and interdisciplinary research, and improving the quality and impact of digital government research. I would be interested in working on the Journal Relation Committee or Conference Committee.

Past Board Members 


Soon Ae Chun (President),  Sehl Mellouli (Secretary), Andrea Kavanaugh (Treasurer), 

Theresa Pardo (Past President),  Adegboyega Ojo (Secretary)

Natalie Helbig (Secretary; Jan-Nov, 2016)

Chris Hinnant, Karen Mossberger, Jing Zhang, Rodrigo Sandoval, Scott Robertson, Lukaz Porwol


Theresa Pardo (President),  Soon Ae Chun (President-Elect), Andrea Kavanaugh (Treasurer), 

Jon Bertot (Past President), Sehl (Secretary)

Chris Reddick, University of Texas San Antonio, USA (2014-2015)

Natalie Helbig, New York State Department of Health, USA (2014-2015)

Vishanth Weerakkody, Brunel University, UK (2014-2015)

Lei Zheng, Fudan University, China (2014-2015)

Rodgrigo Sandoval, Scott Robertson


Jon Bertot (President), Theresa Pardo (President-elect), Yigal Arens (Treasurer), Andrea Kavanaugh (Secretary),

Jochen Scholl (Past President)

Soon Ae Chun, City University of New York (2012-2013), 

Ramon Gil-Garcia, CIDE, Mexico

Andrea Kavanaugh, Virginia Tech (Secretary 2012-13), Luis Luna-Reyez (Secretary 2012-2013)


Jochen Scholl (President), Ed Hovy (Intrim President)

Yigal Arens, (Treasurer 2006)

Norm Jacknis, CISCO

Andrew Philpot, University of Southern California/ISI 

Christine Williams, Bentley University 


Ed Hovy (President), Jochen Scholl (President-elect), Yigal Arens, (Treasurer)

Rejean Roy, Centre Francophone d’Informatisation des Organisations CEFRIO, Montreal, Canada

Norm Sondheimer, Univeristy of Massachussetts, Amherst 


Sharon Dawes (President), Ed Hovy (President-elect), Yigal Arens, (Treasurer)