Dr. Carleen Maitland is co-Director of the Institute for Information Policy and Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, USA. Her expertise includes analyses of information and communication technology (ICT) use in international organizations, particularly those involved in fostering economic and social development as well as humanitarian relief. Her work has been carried out in the U.S., Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, while working with several UN organizations, Save the Children, and the U.S. State Department, just to name a few.
Outcomes from her work, including over 100 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, and presentations, have appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Information Technology, The Information Society, Telecommunications Policy, and Information Systems Frontiers. In 2018 she edited a volume for MIT Press titled ‘Digital Lifeline? Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Refugees and Displaced People.’ She has served as PI on over $1 million of grants from the National Science Foundation, and co-PI on another $800,000 from diverse organizations including the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and IBM, among others.
She is a leader in both the ICTD and policy communities, serving on the editorial boards of Telecommunications Policy and Digital Policy, Regulation, and Governance. She holds or has held leadership positions in the ICTD and TPRC conference communities. Within her College, on an interim basis she has served as both Associate Dean and Graduate Programs Director. Also, from 2010-2012 she served as a Program Manager in the U.S. National Science Foundation, both in the Office of International Science and Engineering and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure.
Dr. Maitland received a Ph.D. in the Economics of Infrastructures from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 2001 as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Stanford University.