Curriculum Vita

Warren S. Allen
Assistant Professor
The College of Communication and Information
Florida State University

Teaching Areas

  • Human-computer interaction, social and collaboration technology, interactive systems design.
  • NoSQL databases, network analysis, and graph computing.
  • Ethics and social impacts of information technology and artificial intelligence.
  • Network and systems security technologies.

Research Interests

  • Structural and motif-based social network analysis of social media trace data.
  • Designing interactive systems to support the deliberate practice of building, maintaining, and using professional networks.
  • The human experience of technology-mediated social lives, intelligent machines, and end-user automation.

Awards and Grants

2017. Outstanding Faculty Leadership/Builder Award, Florida State University School of Information. (Department-awarded)

2016. Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award, Florida State University College of Communication and Information. (Student-awarded)

Principle Investigator. Planning Grant: Social Media Pilot System to Represent Soft Skills of Information Technology Students. Funded by Florida State University Office of Research. Dec 2014–Nov 2015. Total award $12,276.

Principle Investigator. Examining The Social Media Echo Chamber Phenomenon in the Case of the 2013 Government Shutdown. Funded by Florida State University Office of Research. May 2014–Aug 2014. Total award $20,000.

Best Research Note Award: “Exploring Hybrid-Economic Communities and the Technology-Mediated Identities Performed There.” iConference ’13. Fort Worth, TX.

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings and Publications

Allen, W.S. (2017). Open Professional Development as a Sociotechnical Design Challenge. In CHI’17 Extended Abstracts.

Allen, W. S. (2016). Participation and Knowledge Exchange in a Hybrid-Economic Software Community. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 1-15.

Allen, W.S. (2016). Campaign Conversations on Instagram and the Closure of Access to Social Media Data. 9th Annual Political Networks Workshops & Conference. St. Louis, MO.

Zelenkauskaite, A., & Allen, W. S. (2016). Quest for the mediated authenticity: Audiences’ responses to visuals on the radio Instagram. The 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Leicester, United Kingdom.

Allen, W. S. (2013). The VIP Treatment: Lessons from an Incentive System in a Hybrid-Economic Peer-Production Community. Presented at The Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL.

Allen, W. S. (2013). Exploring hybrid-economic communities and the technology-mediated identities performed there. In iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 576–582).

Turner, D., & Allen, W. S. (2011). Materiality and oral documents. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference (pp. 56–62). ACM.

Turner, D., & Allen, W. S. (2010). Investigating oral information. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal, 15(3).

Allen, W. S. (2010). Conceptualizing social information. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on supporting group work (pp. 307–308). Sanibel Island, Florida, USA: ACM.

Allen, W. S. (2009). Boundary Objects in Hybrid Commercial-Open-Source Software Development Firms. Presented at the iConference 2009, Chapel Hill, NC.

Peer-reviewed Workshop Organization

Farzan, R., Acker, A., Allen, W. S., & Burton, B. (2016). Advanced Topics in Sociotechnical Systems: Methods and Concepts of Trace Data. Workshop delivered at the iConference 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

Sawyer, S., Allen, W. S., Monroy, C., Shankar, K., Su, N. M., & Voida, S. (2015). Workshop: Sociotechnical Approaches to Fieldwork and Trace Data Integration iConference 2015, Newport, CA.

Erickson, I., Allen, W. S., Arora, P., Goggins, S., Shankar, K., & Yew, J. (2014). Workshop: Breaking Down and Building Up: Accelerating Sociotech Scholarship in the iSchool Community. the iConference, 2014, Berlin, Germany.

Courses Taught

Florida State University

  • I.T. Project Management. (Undergraduate)**
  • Social Networks. (Undergraduate + Graduate)*
  • Social Media Management. (Undergraduate + Graduate)**
  • Advanced Social Media Management. (Graduate)**
  • Social Computing and Collaboration Technologies. (Graduate)*

Drexel University

  • I.T. Project Management. (Undergraduate)
  • Social Aspects of Information Systems. (Undergraduate)
  • Distributed Systems Security. (Undergraduate)***

* Includes original course design.
** Includes substantial course re-design.
*** Teaching Assistant.

Thesis Advising

2016-present, Doctoral Committee University Representative, Gaulden, S., doctoral student. Retweeting in an Echo Chamber: A Social Network Analysis of the #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary Movements Across Twitter.

2016, Bachelor’s Honors Thesis Committee Chair, Ramsier, L., student. Social Network Analysis of Mental Health-Related Hashtags.

Professional and Community Service

2017. Associate Chairperson, Works-in-Progress. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

2017. Mentor, HackFSU (36-hour student-run hackathon competition.)

  1. Invited Speaker, FSU Library Symposium, “Social Media and Research.” Presentation title: “Network-centric Datasets from Twitter: Tools and Challenges.”

2015–2017. Associate Editor, North America. Online Information Review Journal.

Consortium for Science of Sociotechnical Systems

  • 2015–present, Member, Leadership Committee.
  • 2014–present, Summer Institute Advisory Board Member.
  • 2014–present, Web Developer and Site Administration,

2011, 2012. Invited speaker: Social media technology use for non-profit organizations and institutes of social change. Philadelphia NetSquared, Philadelphia, PA.

2006-08. Volunteer Mentoring Partner. College Bound, Washington D.C.


College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D., Information Studies, 2013.
Concentration: Social Informatics.
Dissertation title: An Ethnographic Study of Motivations to Participate in, and Contribute Knowledge to, a Hybrid-Economic Professional I.T. Community.

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Master of Arts, Liberal Studies, 2008.
Thesis title: Narrative Coherence and Authenticity in Media and Social Technology.

University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
Bachelor of Arts, 2004. Major: Philosophy. Minors: Psychology, Religious Studies.

Professional experience

College of Communication and Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
Assistant Professor

College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Research Assistant

Endeavor Systems, Inc., McLean, VA.
Information Security Manager, Engineer

Computer Sciences Corporation, Newark, DE.
Senior Information Security Analyst

Axent Technologies, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Security Engineer 1999-2001
Web Developer 1997-1999