Kathryn Masten, PhD

Kathryn Masten

Assistant Professor

Office: SH 407
Phone: 940-898-2613


PhD, University of North Texas, Information Science
MPA, Arizona State University, Public Program Management
BA, Beloit College, Psychology and French

Research Interests

Community informatics; social informatics; knowledge management; digital divide; community networks; rural libraries; interdisciplinary research; community mental health.


Kathryn Masten is an information scientist whose current research involves two main strands: 1) exploring how rural libraries can use broadband Internet and information and communication technology (ICT) to help bridge the digital divide, and 2) developing interdisciplinary informatics approaches to address complex challenges facing communities – for example in mental health. As the Principal Investigator of the Dallas-Fort Worth Schizophrenia Study, Masten is leading a team comprised of several academic units at Texas Woman’s University examining the healthcare utilization of individuals with schizophrenia in the North Texas region. A recently-named Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and practitioner of authentic teaching and assessment, Masten enjoys teaching students to employ theories, strategies, and tools from social and community informatics with immediate applicability in workplaces and communities. She teaches courses in ICT, Library Management, Grant Writing and Management, and Communities in the Knowledge Economy.

Selected Publications

Masten, K., Lantz, E., Perryman, C., Demuynck, M.-A., Boonme, K., Lee, M., … Wang, W. (2017). An interdisciplinary informatics research collaboratory as a socio-technical interaction network. Presented at The Social Informatics of Knowledge (The 13th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium). Crystal City, VA, October 28, 2017.

Masten, K., Lantz, E., Perryman, C., Demuynck, M.-A., Boonme, K., Gardner, D., … Xu, W. (2017). Knowledge management practices of the Dallas-Fort Worth Schizophrenia Study team. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management. Fort Worth, TX, October 25, 2017.

Masten, K. (Under review). Preparing library students to be managers of social innovation hubs: A case study of an introductory course in information and communication technology. In J. C. Bertot & U. Gorham (Eds.), Public Libraries as Social Innovation Hubs: How Libraries Transform Communities. Advances in Librarianship Book Series, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Masten, K. (2016). Implications from a Grounded Theory of Community Networking for Creating and Sustaining Partnerships with Society. iConference 2016. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 19-23, 2016. Paper retrieved from IDEALS at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89307

Chen, J. & Masten, K. (2015). From Data to Knowledge, From Local to Global, the Research Questions for Information Professionals. Knowledge & Information Professional Association, Denton, TX, March 6, 2015.

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