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Frances Bachstein

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School of Information Sciences
Center for Information & Communication Studies
Research Coordinator I

Frances Nichols Bachstein is a native of Knoxville, TN.   She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Summer of 2016.  Frances' major professor was Dr. Suzie Allard, and committee members were Dr. Carol Tenopir, Dr. Bruce Wilson, and Dr. Howard Hall.  Her dissertation research focuses on secrecy in the STEM fields and the communication process of scientific disclosure; with a particular interest in nuclear agencies, institutional trust, physical and cyber security, social media, and ways to promote understanding to the information consumer.  Her research aims to discover how social media can be effectively used as a medium of communication in the field of government secrecy; attempting to comply with federal transparency mandates whilst retaining security in a manner that garners trust and understanding.

5-C Hoskins
Office Hours: 
Tues 2-4; or by appointment

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

PhD Information Sciences-Topic: ‘Out from Darkness and into the Light: The Role of Transparency and Social Media In Government’- August 2016

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

MA History-Master’s Thesis Topic:  ‘For the Honor and Glory of England’: Gentlemanly Behavior and the Pedagogy of British Public Schools- December 2007

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

B. A. History and B.A. in Classical Civilization, minor in Anthropology - December 2004

Research Interests: 
Institutional Trust
Social Media
Physical and Cyber Security
Archiving, Creation of Metadata, and Preservation of Scientific Material
Secrecy in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) fields
Communication Process of Scientific Disclosure