Colin Rhinesmith


Benton Faculty Research Fellow

Colin Rhinesmith (pronouns: he/him) is an Associate Professor in the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science (iSchool). He is the Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of Community Informatics and Director of the Community Informatics Lab.

Rhinesmith’s research is focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas related to digital inclusion and broadband adoption. During his fellowship, Rhinesmith wrote Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives (2016) and Digital Inclusion Outcomes-Based Evaluation (2017).

Rhinesmith is affiliated with the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, as a member of its Scholar’s Council. Previously, Rhinesmith was a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute. He was also a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded Information in Society Fellow, a Researcher with the Center for People and Infrastructures, and a Research Scholar with the Center for Digital Inclusion.


Dr. Colin Rhinesmith