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About Bharat Mehra

I am an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Broadly my research philosophy and teaching practices bring in a deeper understanding of the users and their social and cultural contexts into LIS education. Specifically my work has focused on community informatics or the use of information and communication technologies to enable and empower communities to meet their needs and goals. This has involved creating awareness of social justice and social equity in the information professions for representing the needs of minority, disenfranchised, and international populations.


Present Assistant Professor School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • 2008-2009 Outstanding Assistant Professor of the Year, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
  • Quest Scholar of the Week, 20 February, 2009. Office of Research, University of Tennessee.
  • 2008 LGBT Ally Research Award, Chancellor’s Honors, University of Tennessee.
  • Faculty Service/Outreach Award 2007, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee.
  • 2006 Award for Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Presented by the American Society of Information Science & Technology Special Interest Group Information Needs Seeking and Use (SIG USE) at the 2006 Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, November 3-8, 2006.
  • Outstanding Innovative Technology Teaching Award 2005-2006, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee.
  • Girdhari Tikku Memorial Prize (1998-99), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact Information

454 Communications Building
1345 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341
Phone: 865-974-5917
Fax: 865-974-4967


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