Since 2011, she holds an endowed Chair and is Director at the Center for Applied Ethics of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. As an associate professor, Elizabeth researches and teaches in the areas of information and research ethics. She was a 2006-07 Wisconsin Teaching Scholar, designated by the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development; is current Chair of the Association of Internet Researchers Ethics Working Group, Co-Director of the International Society of Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT); and was Chair of the Wisconsin Library Association Intellectual Freedom Round Table. She is the co-author, with Kathrine Henderson, of  Case Studies in Library and Information Science Ethics (McFarland Press) and editor of Readings in Virtual Research Ethics. She was a 2006  recipient, with Charles Ess, of a National Science Foundation Ethics and Values in Science Grant on Internet Research Ethics ($175,000); and a National Science Foundation Recovery Act award of $375,000 for the Internet Research Ethics Commons. She was a National Center for E-Social Science Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford in 2009. She was also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin, and a frequent consultant and speaker on internet-related research ethics. She and Charles Ess founded and edit the new International Journal of Internet Research Ethics.

Institutional Affiliation

Endowed Chair and Director, Center for Applied Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Visiting Lecturer, Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences

Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Membership at the boards of scientific organisations in the field

Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT)

Some Relevant Publications

Buchanan, E. and Ess, C. (2009). Internet Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board: Current Practices and Issues. Computers and Society.

Buchanan, E.  and Hvizdak, E. (2009). Online Survey Tools: Ethical and Methodological Concerns of Human Research Ethics Committees. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE) 4(2), 37-48.

Buchanan, E. (2009). Academics and Reflection: A Guest Editorial. Journal of Information Ethics, 18 (1), 3-5.

Buchanan, E.  and Britz, J. (2009). Ethics from the Bottom-Up? Immersive Ethics and the LIS Curriculum. Journal of Information Ethics.

Buchanan, E. (2008). Information Ethics: On Theory, Practice, and Responsibilities: A Conversation with Robert Hauptman. Library and Information Science Research 30, pp. 250-256.

Areas of Interest

Information ethics, Information policy, Research Methods, Research Ethics, Research Integrity

Contact: buchanane (at)

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