Colin Rhinesmith is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. He is also a faculty research fellow with the Benton Foundation and a faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Rhinesmith’s research and teaching interests are focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas related to digital inclusion and broadband adoption.
Rhinesmith’s work has appeared in several peer-reviewed publications, including: Information, Communication & Society; Government Information Quarterly; International Journal of Communication; Telecommunications Policy; and Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.
He has been a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, D.C. He was also a Summer Institute Fellow with the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, hosted at Microsoft Research New England, organized by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Rhinesmith has been nationally recognized within the field of community media and technology. His work has been mentioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Communications Commission, PBS MediaShift, and the MacArthur Foundation’s Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, and he was awarded the Buske Leadership Award from the Alliance for Community Media.
Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded Information in Society Fellow and a Research Scholar with the Center for Digital Inclusion.